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Information for Texas Judges and Court Officials

Texas Laws Authorizing Use of DADAP

Dadaponline.com is the first and only Drug and Alcohol Driving Awareness Program approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and now the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) in an online format. DADAP is an acceptable option under the following Texas laws:

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code (Section 106.115)(a)

On the placement of a minor on deferred disposition for an offense under Section 49.02, Penal Code, or under Section 106.02, 106.025, 106.04, 106.041, 106.05, or 106.07, the court shall require the defendant to attend an alcohol awareness program approved by the Department of State Health Services under this section, a drug education program approved by the Department of State Health Services in accordance with Section 521.374, Transportation Code, or a drug and alcohol driving awareness program approved by the Texas Education Agency.*

*Although the law still references the Texas Education Agency, the current approval authority is with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Texas Health & Safety Code, Section 469

Under Section 469 of the Health & Safety Code, DADAP is currently available for use by a court in an appropriate misdemeanor or felony case involving the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance, provided that the county commissioners have approved of the creation of a drug court program. (§469.007 reads in part, "In addition to using a drug court program established under Section 469.002, the commissioners court of a county or a court may use other drug awareness or drug and alcohol driving awareness programs to treat persons convicted of drug or alcohol related offenses.")

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Articles 45.051(b)(6) and 45.051(b)(8)

Articles 45.051(b)(6) and 45.051(b)(8) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure provide that "during the deferral period, the justice may require the defendant to participate in an alcohol or drug abuse treatment program." DTA's DADAP course is such a program.

In addition to the applications described above, using its discretionary authority, a court may use DADAP as a condition of probation or deferred adjudication for other offenses when the court in its sound discretion deems it appropriate. Our program provides a secure reporting mechanism for processing the certificate of completion whereby it is sent to the student via mail only, who must then turn it in to the court or probation deparment.

More Information about DADAP

Please feel free to read the DADAP Course FAQ or call us at 1-800-558-9887 if you have questions about DADAP that are not answered on this page.