Note: This page contains information about substance abuse counseling. The counseling required for Deferred Prosecution agreements in Family Violence cases is called B.I.P.P.

How do I satisfy a drug or alcohol counseling/education requirement?

Check with your attorney to determine determine what course you should take for a specific case. Options may include:

  • Travis County Counseling and Education Services (TCCES) offers classes that satisfy requirements for most cases pending in one of the district or county courts at law in Travis County. In addition to the online course descriptions, TCCES offers an 8-hour Marijuana Class that is sometimes part of the plea bargain agreement in Marijuana cases (for more information about the class, call 512-854-9540).
  • The drug or alcohol counseling/education requirement imposed in the municipal and justice of the peace courts can usually be satisfied by taking one of the courses listed on the website for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.  Completion of these courses may involve more hours that required by the court, so you might want to discuss alternative options with your criminal defense attorney.
  • If you live out of town you may be able to find a local or online alternative to coming to Austin for counseling. Be sure to consult with your attorney and get advance approval before beginning work on any substitute programs.