Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program
Under the old law in Missouri, you could regain your driving privileges after a DWI license suspension by attending a 10-hour driver safety program. Under the new law, you must meet numerous requirements to get your license reinstated, including completion of the Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP).
At Travis Noble, P.C., we handle both elements of DWI defense: the criminal proceedings and the driver’s license proceedings. We work to prevent loss of driving privileges or get your license reinstated as soon as possible.
We represent people charged with alcohol-related offenses in St. Louis, St. Charles and surrounding counties of Missouri. Call us today at 314-450-7849 to arrange a free consultation.
Missouri Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP)
The Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program is mandatory for many offenses, including:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Driving under the influence of drugs (DUI)
- Refusal of a breath test
- Underage zero tolerance violations
- Other drug charges
SATOP may stem from administrative license suspension or revocation, a condition of probation or an order of the court.
You must complete all aspects of SATOP before you can even apply for driver’s license reinstatement. Even then, there are many hoops to jump through to prove compliance.
SATOP And Driver’s License Reinstatement After A DWI
SATOP consists of a formal drug/alcohol assessment followed by substance abuse treatment or a program designed to prevent repeat offenses. You will be referred for a professional assessment at an offender management unit (OMU) near you. Based on addiction issues, risk level, prior offenses and other factors, the OMU will recommend you for one of six SATOP programs:
- Offender education program — a 10-hour course, typically for first-time DWI
- Weekend intervention program — a 48-hour intensive program, commonly required for repeat offenses or first offenses with a high level of intoxication
- Clinical intervention program — 50 hours of outpatient treatment over several weeks, typically ordered for drivers with multiple prior offenses
- Adolescent diversion education program — a 10-hour program designed for individuals under the age of 21 arrested or cited for alcohol- or drug-related offenses such as zero tolerance, minor in possession (MIP) or “Abuse and Lose”
- Youth clinical intervention — five weeks of outpatient counseling for those under the age of 21
- Traditional treatment — residential facility or intensive outpatient programs for those assessed as high-risk for chemical dependency
Many counties allow for a diversion of the criminal penalties and license sanctions for a first-time DWI in exchange for SATOP weekend intervention. However, taking such a deal is essentially an admission of guilt. You should always consult with a lawyer before entering a DWI plea or negotiating with the local prosecutor.
Contact A St. Louis DWI Defense Lawyer Who Understands SATOP
We can fight your DWI. We can fight your license suspension. We can challenge your SATOP assessment. We can help you get your license back. Attorney Travis L. Noble has built his law practice on DWI defense and he has handled every scenario in 12 years of aggressive representation.