What Is A Community Weekend Intervention Program (CWIP)?
Every DUI conviction in Kansas carries a mandatory jail sentence. If a defendant is found guilty or pleads guilty to a DUI charge, even if it is their first time, the judge will sentence them to at least 48 hours. A CWIP Program comes into play when a person has been convicted of a first-time DUI charge and is sentenced to the 48 hours but wants some sort of alternative to spending those 48 hours in a county jail. The CWIP program, if allowed by the judge, can take the place of the 48 hours in county jail. What the CWIP program entails is a two day supervised stay at an approved facility, usually a hotel, and participating in drug and alcohol counseling. The CWIP facility is not jail but you get credit for being in jail while you are there. It also has an added benefit. The drug and alcohol training that a defendant receives while at the facility usually will be sufficient enough to meet their drug and alcohol counseling requirement outlined in their probation agreement. CWIPS is not approved in all courts, so ask your lawyer if it is an option.
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