In handing down a sentence for a DUI offense, a judge may order you to
attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Victim Impact Panel (VIP).
In order to prevent repeat DUI offense, MADD designed this VIP conference
in order for the offender to understand how drunk driving has affected
the victims and their families. Some of the speakers may be family members
of a person who died as a result of a drunk driving accident.
Audiences at these conferences may be large, but the speakers do not assess
blame or judgment on the individual required to attend the conference
as a part of sentencing. Interaction and participation is not mandatory
and at some conferences, audience members may ask questions of the speakers
after the presentation. The program lasts about an hour and registration
is required. There is a cost of approximately $20-$25 and you must present
your ID at the conference. Audience members required to attend will be
provided with proof of attendance to submit to the court.