Ms. Lykos and former judge Roger Bridgwater, who will be in charge of the new initiative, provided more insight into how the new plan might work. According to Lisa Falkenberg's column in this morning's Houston Chronicle, Lykos and company had some answers to some big questions left floating after the plan was announced earlier this week.
I'm still bothered by the requirement that a participant in the program be required to sign a judicial confession and waive both their Constitutional right to trial by jury and their right to appeal. One thing that Ms. Lykos seems to imply is that participants will not be allowed to expunge their records after the case has been dismissed, as current law allows. I am also curious to see what would happen to a program participant who failed to complete the probationary period successfully.
As I said when the plan was revealed, I think it's a step in the right direction because it addresses the fact that DWI is the ultimate "wrong time, wrong place" crime and that for most DWI defendants, it's their first and only time caught up in the criminal justice system.