Victim Impact Panel in Collin County

When an individual is placed on probation after a conviction for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), there are a number of terms and conditions that must be satisfied before the probation can be completed successfully. Usually, these conditions include the individual’s attendance at a Victim Impact Panel (VIP). This requirement is among the most asked about by individuals as they first begin their probation.

According to the Collin County Community Supervision (probation) website, the VIP is based on the belief that “drunk drivers and potential drunk drivers need to be educated on alcohol-related offenses from the victims’ perspectives.”

At a VIP, panels of three to four victims speak briefly about drunk driving crashes in which they were injured or in which a loved one was injured or killed. They convey to offenders the devastating impacts these offenses have had on their lives.

Typically, panels are conducted one time per month and there is a fee (ranging from $25-$50) required for admission. Interestingly though, a number of VIP programs are now available to be completed online.

For more information on local Victim Impact Panels visit the Collin County website. For more information on other conditions attached to DWI convictions visit the Rosenthal & Wadas website.