If a person receives a second or subsequent DWI conviction, the penalties are typically harsher than a first-time offense and may include additional requirements.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, if a person has a second or additional DWI conviction within ten years of a previous conviction, he or she must attend a repeat offender course. The course consists of 32 hours. If you do not finish the course before your suspension period ends, the state will revoke your driver’s license until you complete the course.
The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation explains the repeat offender program is an educational course on the effects of alcohol and the issues associated with alcohol abuse. It covers a range of topics about driving while intoxicated and offers assistance to those who may be dependent on the substance.
The court may waive the requirement to take this course but only in situations where a person can prove they cannot complete the course. The court may consider his or her schedule in regards to other obligations, such as work or school. In addition, if the person has health problems, this may be a valid excuse. Finally, transportation issues are something the court will consider.
It is also possible to avoid having to take the course if a person attends a program at a residential treatment facility.
A person may have to pay for the course. Costs may come from the training facility and the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation. Only courses with approval from the department will count towards the requirement. Most often the requirement for this course is part of a probation sentence for a repeat DWI offense.