For those people convicted of multiple DUI’s and sent to prison, the state of Texas may be releasing them with no treatment. This is causing people to question what, if anything, would keep those newly released offenders from drinking and driving again.
In order to spend time in a state prison for a DUI offense, it must be a third or greater conviction. A 3rd time DUI is considered a 3rd degree felony and carries a potential 2 to 10 year sentence. A first and second time DUI may result in some jail time, though nothing like the felony charge.
It seems that if you are convicted and sentenced for a 1st or 2nd DUI you are more likely to get some form of treatment, however, to deal with your possible drinking problem. While not every DUI offender has a drinking problem, these treatment programs stand to help many that do. It seems a little backwards that the most frequent DUI offenders may not be afforded similar treatment.
According to the Dallas Morning News, many prison programs stand to be cut from the system facing serious budget cut backs. Advocates are doing their best to ensure such treatment programs are protected, but the result of their actions remains to be seen.
As the article states, Texas has some harsh DUI laws and cutting treatment while continuing to strengthen the laws certainly won’t help reduce DUIs. If anything it will only expand the already overcapacity prison system.
When facing charges of DUI, whether it is your first or your fourth, you are likely to be scared, and rightfully so. From probation to prison time, none of the potential penalties for DUI are pleasant.
If you are up against charges like these or any other criminal charges in the state of Texas, I may be able to help. Contact me today for a consultation on your case.