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Victim Impact Panel

After an arrest for DUI in Florida, your attorney might recommend that you attend at least one victim impact panel (VIP). You can complete the VIP in the weeks or months after the DUI arrest, even before your case is resolved. Attending the VIP is mandatory if you enter a DUI diversion program in Hillsborough County called RIDR or if you are convicted of DUI in court.

Even if your case is reduced to reckless driving, either with or without an adjudication of guilt, you might be required to attend one or more Victim Impact Panels. For this reason, it might be better to complete the VIP early in your case.

In Hillsborough County, the Victim Impact Panel is an in-person panel managed by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) which is held at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. During the panels, people accused of DUI give their undivided attention to the speakers who can include people once convicted of DUI, family members of deceased victims of DUI wrecks, or first responders who can share their experiences responding to car accidents caused by impaired driving.

Although people living in Hillsborough County must complete the in-person VIP panel, if you live out of the county or out of state, you might be able to complete a VIP program in your area or through an online Victim Impact Panel offered by MADD.

After an arrest for DUI, contact an experienced DUI defense attorney in Tampa, FL, at Sammis Law Firm. Call 813-250-0500.

Upcoming Dates and Times for the VIP Program

In Hillsborough County, the Victim Impact Panel (VIP) Program includes a “non-confrontational presentation” of victims telling their own personal stories of how impaired drivers impacted their life. This program provides a unique perspective to a person accused of DUI that is often overlooked by the instructors in DUI school and the courts.

The VIP Program in Tampa is held at the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office located at 520 North Falkenburg Road
Tampa, FL 33619. The program is held in the Falkenburg Road Jail Assembly Room which is the building at the north end of the jail.

The upcoming dates for the next VIP Program in Hillsborough County are on the following dates:

  • 02-18-2019 
  • 03-18-2019 
  • 04-15-2019
  • 05-20-2019
  • 06-17-2019
  • 07-15-2019

For each of these dates, the times for the VIP program are as follows:

  • Registration Time: 6:00 pm
  • Panel Start Time: 6:30 pm
  • Panel End Time: 8:30 pm

Additional Resources

MADD Listing for VIP at HCSO – Visit the MADD website to register online for the VIP Program in Hillsborough County. Find information on attending the program at the Falkenburg Road Jail Assembly Room which is the building at the north end of the jail located at 520 North Falkenburg Road in Tampa, Florida.

This article was last updated on Friday, February 15, 2019.