MADD DUI Victim Impact Panel Programs Force DUI Offenders to see the Consequences of their Actions
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States that is dedicated to preventing drunk driving and underage drinking. They provide services that support victims and survivors of drunk driving at no charge. You can contact MADD at 1-877-MADD-HELP and the Arizona office of MADD on their website.
MADD also runs the DUI Victim Impact Panel Program for people who have been convicted of misdemeanor DUI. The panel is composed of people who have been the victims of DUI and who share their stories about how a DUI impacted their lives. The purpose of the program is to raise DUI offenders’ awareness about the potential impact of their actions.
This program drives home lessons that can’t be learned in a court room or traffic survival school. It forces drivers to see and hear the “trauma, physical pain, emotional suffering and devastation, financial loss, anger and frustration that is commonly experienced by innocent victims and their family members resulting from a DUI-related crash.”
Arizona drivers who have been convicted of DUI may be court ordered to attend a DUI Victim Impact Panel Program. Upon arrival, each participant is required to pass a breath test before they will be permitted to attend the class. The cost to attend the program is $45. There is a $10 no-show fee and a $20 fee to reprint an attendee’s completion certificate. Juveniles who are required to attend this class must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
You can register to attend a MADD DUI Victim Impact Panel Program online. When you register for your class, you will need to provide the following information:
- Phone number,
- Date of Birth,
- Case or Docket Number from the court,
- Which Court you attended, and
- Driver’s License Number.
MADD Victim Impact Panel Programs are offered at the following locations:
- Florence: Pinal County Courthouse
- Glendale: Independence High School
- Green Valley: Casa Community Center
- Kingman: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office
- Marana: Marana Health Center
- Mesa: City of Mesa Utilities Department
- Nogales: Santa Cruz County Complex
- Phoenix: Good Samaritan Hospital; South Mountain Community College
- Prescott: Prescott Community Center
- Scottsdale: Scottsdale United Methodist Church
- Sells: Sells Hospital
- Sierra Vista: Sierra Vista Police Department
- Tucson: Christ Community Church; El Pueblo Neighborhood Center; Pima Community College
Please contact the Arizona MADD office for additional information and to sign up for a MADD DUI Victim Impact Panel Program. If you are not able to register online and want to attend a panel in Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, or Yavapai County, please call 800-553-6233 to schedule a class. If you are not able to register online and want to attend a panel in Pima, Pinal, Cochise, Santa Cruz, or Yuma County, please call 877-255-6233 to schedule a class. When registering by phone, you will need to provide the same information listed above.
If you have been arrested for DUI, contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.
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