Break for first-time DWI and drug offenders

May 29, 2009 2:35:18 PM PDT
First-time DWI and drug offenders may get a reprieve. Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos is announcing a pre-trial program that would allow violators to avoid charges. Lykos made the announcement Friday morning at Rice University. Under the program, people arrested a first time for DWI or drugs would be put under supervision. They'd have interlocks put on their cars, so if they're drunk, the car won't start.

They also keep their driver's licenses, and have to undergo drug treatment. Lykos says it could be tough for the community to get behind the program.

"Right now, what is happening, we're having productive citizens are electing to take a conviction because probation doesn't offer any benefit to them," she said.

If offenders complete the program, they aren't charged. Those who don't would face maximum sentences for their charges.

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