What is Pre-Trial Probation and Will I Have it as a Condition of my DWI Arrest?

If you are arrested for DWI in Plano, Texas of in the surrounding Collin County, Texas cities, you may be placed on what is known as “Pre-Trial Probation”

Pre-Trial probation (or monitoring) is an additional condition of bond that Collin County, Texas judges typically place on certain people accused of DWI in Collin County, Texas.

If you meet the following criteria, you will most likely be placed on Pre-trial probation in Collin County, Texas following your arrest for DWI.

  1. You has previously been arrested, investigated, charged OR convicted of an intoxicated driving offense in ANY state; OR
  2. There was an accident involved in your current Collin County DWI arrest; OR
  3. The district attorney alleges you had a blood or breath alcohol concentration over a .15 in your current Collin County DWI arrest.

Typically, you will see a judge or magistrate before you are released from jail to determine if any of the above criteria applies to your case. However, you may have to revisit the issue of Pre-Trial probation once your case is filed in front or the judge whose court you are assigned.

Pre-Trial Probations vary from judge to judge, but they typically include:

  1. The court assigning you a Pre-Trial probation officer who you must meet with one per month while your case is pending;
  2. Monthly Pre-Trial probation fees (typically $75/month);
  3. An alcohol monitoring device. This device may be an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle you drive (in which you must blow into to start your vehicle, and in home monitoring device, or a SCRAM device (ankle monitor). Your assigned judge will determine which alcohol monitoring device must be installed;
  4. No Alcohol at all while your case in pending; and
  5. You must submit to random urinalysis testing.
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