In an effort to curb a DUI offender’s chances of repeating the same crime, a judge may order him or her to attend a DUI Victim Impact Panel. This program, which is sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is meant to emphasize the potential repercussions that driving under the influence can have on innocent victims who are hurt through no fault of their own.
The Victim Impact Panel brings together people whose lives have been affected by the crime of DUI. During the program, victims share their stories of losing loved ones, personal injury, pain, financial burden and emotional trauma that came as a result of someone else’s decision to drive while intoxicated.
The program is meant to be non-confrontational. Victims simply tell their own stories of how a DUI-related accident changed their lives forever.
Although the program was created with the intention of helping these victims work through their own grieving and healing processes, it has the added benefit of potentially deterring DUI offenders from driving under the influence again. Hearing first-hand accounts of the pain and suffering caused by drunk driving from the victims who lived it cannot be replicated in any DUI school or drug and alcohol treatment program. Hearing these stories often is enough to dissuade a DUI offender from ever getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol again.
If you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, help is available. Marcos Garza is an experienced attorney who deals exclusively in DUI cases in the state of Tennessee. He is equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your rights are upheld in a court of law, and he will fight for you to make sure that you receive a fair preliminary hearing or trial.
Call the Garza Law Firm today at (888) 680-7554 to set up a free, no-risk consultation and discuss the details of your case.