Presenting a New Concept in Dealing with Impaired Drivers
Court dockets across the country are backlogged with DWI/Drug Cases. Traditional punishment methods have not proven successful. Putting alcoholics and drug addicts in jail has not alleviated the problem. As society continues to build facilities to house inmates, studies show that other programs are more beneficial. Intensive supervision, sanctions and incentives through the court system work better to reduce recidivism, re-establish productive citizens into the community, and preserve the family unit while making roads safer for all.
DWI/Drug courts target certain impaired drivers who, without serious treatment intervention and accountability, are at high risk to re-offend. The goal of these problem-solving courts is to stop drunk-driving by addressing the root causes: alcohol and other substance abuse. Once DWI court participants are convicted, they are placed under supervised probation and required to undergo intensive treatment and counseling, submit to frequent supervision and random alcohol and/or drug testing, make frequent appearances in court, and be closely monitored for program compliance.
This vigorous treatment program addresses the underlying cause of DWI offenses, holds offenders accountable for their behavior, and enforces the development of skills for staying sober and becoming law-abiding citizens. DWI courts can successfully change the behavior of those serious offenders whose impaired driving puts all citizens at risk.
In an attempt to increase public safety and decrease drug related crime, whereby decreasing the taxpayer’s burden, the Collin County Court at Law One drug court’s mission will be to target high risk substance dependent offenders and provide a non-adversarial and coordinated strategy to case processing. This will include intensive supervision, treatment services, frequent monitoring with the goal being increased accountability and awareness of the participant’s substance abuse issues and the negative consequences of continued usage. The program is designed to achieve measurable and sustainable sobriety of participating offenders and improve the quality of their lives so they may become productive and responsible members of the community.
- Applicant must be a Collin County Resident
- Applicant must undergo Substance Abuse Evaluation prior to acceptance into the program
- Applicant must have a willingness to participate in an intensive supervision and treatment program
- Offense must be listed here: (exceptions may be considered)
DWI/2nd offense (misdemeanor); DWI/1st Offense with high Blood Alcohol Content or accident; DWI/1st with Drugs; Misdemeanor drug possession/2nd offense;
- Offense date of more than six (6) months (exceptions may be considered)
- Out of County Residents (exceptions may be considered)
- Debilitating Mental Illness or Health Issues
- Prior felony sex offenses
- Current or prior violent offender
- Homeland Security Risk
- Pending Felony charges
- Charges in other Jurisdictions
- Outstanding Warrants in other Jurisdictions
Major Benefits Include
- Probated fines and jail sentence
- Community service requirements are waived
- Reduced Deep Lung Device rates
- Occupational Driver's License is provided and filing fee is waived
DWI/Drug Court Staff/Team Members
Corinne A. Mason, Judge
Adri Starnes, Court Administrator
David Moore, Bailiff
Roy Hughes, CSCD/Probation
Assistant District Attorney
Mac Morris, Attorney
Daniel C Corley, Ph.D.
Locations & Contact Information
Collin County Court at Law Number One
2100 Bloomdale Road, Suite 20364
McKinney, TX 75071
NOTE REGARDING INCLEMENT WEATHER: If the Collin County Courts or Offices are closed due to inclement weather, then the DWI court will not be held and all cases for that day will be rescheduled to a future date. Please refer to the main Collin County website at
www.collincountytx.gov or call 972-548-4100 or metro 972.424-1460 for information regarding any office closures.
Additional Contact Information & Resources
|Life Management Resources
| Bedrock Counseling
| Texas Counseling and Professional Services
|Grace to Change
Ignition Interlock Devices:
| Draeger Interlock
Contract and HIPPA Consent Form
Orientation Check List
AA/NA/Self Help Form