If you have questions, we have answers
Is this like an AA meeting?
Not at all. Each panel will have 2 speakers who will present their stories to the class about how DUI has affected them. In order to pass the class, all you need to do is give the speakers your full attention. No other participation or written test is required.
What should I expect when I attend a Victims Panel?
Each panel will have several speakers, each telling his or her story about how they were a victims of a drunk driver. The panel is non-judgemental. Don't worry, we won't call on you and no one in the audience will need to talk. The only participation required is to listen with your full attention to the speakers.
What if I've lost my Certificate of Completion and need a replacement?
Send us an e-mail. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.orgBe sure to include your full name, the location you attended, and the month you attended. We will arrange a time and place to deliver to you a copy of your certificate. Please note that there is an additional charge for a replacement certificate.
How much does it cost to attend the victims panel?
The cost of the class is $60. We accept cash and all major credit and debit cards at no additional charge. Guests and observers are free of charge.
Can I pay with a credit or debit card?
Yes! We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit and debit cards at no additional charge.
Do I need to pre-register for the panel?
No. All of our panels are walk-in registration only. Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of class to allow time to fill out the registration form. As long as you arrive before the start of class, you are guaranteed a seat.
If you are not familiar with the class location, please allow yourself extra time. The doors are locked at the start of class and we cannot admit you if you are late.
What should I bring with me to the panel?
Please bring the following:
- Your court case number if you have it (but don't worry if you don't have it, it's not required)
- Any ID. This may be a valid or invalid driver's license, or any other document with with your name on it, such as a debit card, etc.
May I bring a guest?
Absolutely! Guests are always admitted free of charge.
May I bring my young children?
Parents are encouraged to bring their teenage children who are learning to drive or are new drivers. However, we do not admit children under 12.
How long is the panel?
Each panel lasts for an hour and a half.
What if I need to leave the panel early?
Sorry, if you leave a panel early we cannot give you a completion certificate. You will have to attend another panel in order to receive a completion certificate. Please note that there are no refunds of the panel fees after the panel starts.
If I arrive a few minutes late, can I still attend?
Sorry, no. If you arrive any time after the panel starts, even just a few minutes, then we cannot admit you and you will have to attend another panel. This also applies if you arrive in time to register but do not return before the start of the panel. We can not make exceptions to this rule, even if you need to go to court the next day.
I'd like to speak at a DUI Victims Panel. What should I do?
If you have lost a family member in an alcohol related vehicle crash and would like to speak at a panel, send us an e-mail. Please note that DUI offenders cannot speak at panels.
About The Victims Panel
The Seattle King County DUI Victims Panel helps you take responsibility for your actions in a non-judgmental forum. We give you the opportunity to hear the stories of real victims of drunk driving, giving you a new perspective on your DUI case that you may not get elsewhere in the legal system.
Our program is non-judgemental and strictly confidential. We understand that everyone makes mistakes. Rest assured we are not here to judge. We are here to help you understand the potential consequences of DUI before you are involved in a serious accident.
You may have thought that getting a DUI was the worst thing that could have happened, but when you hear the stories of real victims of drunk driving crashes, we hope that you will see your DUI as a life-changing experience that will inspire you to change your life for the better.
It is our hope that listening to the stories of real DUI victims will change your life, and you will never again drink and drive. We are here to help you reconsider the direction that your life is headed, so that you never drink and drive again.