As you read this, someone somewhere is getting behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving while intoxicated is a problem in the United States. That’s why the punishments are swift and harsh if you get caught. You aren’t only endangering yourself, but everyone else on the road and the consequences can be dire. However, many states do understand that sometimes you just make a mistake. You think you’re fine to drive, get behind the wheel, and drive home, only to realizing too late that you are little more under the influence than you thought you were. When you see those blue lights show up in your rearview, you think your life as you know it is over , but there is hope yet.
If you are caught and convicted of drinking and driving in Wisconsin, you may get a second chance.
In the state of Wisconsin non-violent OWI offenders may qualify for their Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Program if they have no active warrants or pending charges and are a first-time offender. This option is provided to help offenders avoid jail time and work toward getting their Wisconsin OWI conviction dismissed. However, this program is no walk in the park. You must meet every requirement and complete it satisfactorily to receive its benefits.
TAD is a 12-24 month diversion program that is designed for individuals who’ve committed non-violent offenses that had substance abuse as a contributing factor. This program allows for a diversion of the criminal charges while offenders are receiving treatment and services. Requirements of the program can include community service, alcohol awareness and treatment programs, drug and alcohol testing, case management, and the possible use of an ignition interlock device. It also requires a Cognitive Based Thinking Program (CBTP) which has been proven to reduce recidivism.
For Wisconsin OWI offenders, the TAD Program offers them a second chance for a clean record along with education and treatment that will help prevent future offenses. No one wants to be convicted of a Wisconsin OWI, but if the worst happens, know your options to try and mitigate the consequences and remember to never drink and drive again in the future.