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What is SATOP?

SATOP is the Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program. If your license is suspended in conjunction with a DWI, you will have to complete SATOP before being fully reinstated. SATOP is also often a condition of probation on your criminal DWI charge. SATOP consists of an evaluation, and then placement in classes based upon the outcome of your evaluation. Costs vary depending upon your placement. Classes are available at numerous locations across the state.

REMEMBER! Before commencing with SATOP you should discuss the best time to participate with your attorney.

All participants being assessed for SATOP will be required to pay two initial fees:

  • 1. Assessment Screening Fee: $126.00
  • 2. Supplemental Fee:               $249.00

  • How does SATOP work?

    1. After you have discovered that you are required to enroll in SATOP, you will have to complete an assessment screening at a local Offender Management Unit (OMU). Once this evaluation is completed, a determination will be made with regard to your level of placement. Your placement level will establish the extent of your participation in the program.


    -Offender Education Program (OEP – Level I): Cost: $130.00 This is a 10-hour education course designed for lower risk consumers.

    -Adolescent Diversion Education Program (ADEP – Level 1): Cost: $130.00 This is also a 10-hour education course for minors who may have received Abuse and Lose, Minor in Possession, or Zero Tolerance offenses.


    Weekend Intervention Program (WIP – Level II): Cost: $458.14* This is a 20-hour level of service designed for repeat or high risk consumers using intensive education and counseling intervention methods over the course of a weekend.


    Clinical Intervention Program (CIP – Level III): Cost: $1,045.76* This is a 50-hour outpatient counseling program consisting of individual counseling and group counseling. 10 of these hours will focus on impaired driving issues.


    Youth Clinical Intervention Program (YCIP – Level III): Cost: $509.60* This is a 25-hour program for minors identified as having serious problems with substance abuse.


    Serious Repeat Offender Program (SROP – Level IV): Starting Cost: $1,500* An outpatient program consisting of at least 75 hours of treatment in no less than 90 days. Services include a minimum of 35 hours of individual and/or group counseling. Clinical staff has discretion in determining successful completion.


    Traditional Treatment (Level IV) Cost: (variable) This program level is assigned for those consumers having multiple alcohol or drug related traffic offenses, those at high risk of re-offending. Treatment may be in the form of a residential or outpatient program, but must be completed at a state or nationally certified/accredited treatment provider.

    Who can I contact for more information?

    There are many locations to choose from, but here are two that we often suggest:

    Community Services of MO, Inc.
    1175 Cave Springs Estates Dr.
    St. Peters, MO 63376

    Eastern Missouri Alternative Sentencing Services, Inc.
    2724 Droste Rd.
    St. Charles, MO 63301

    What should I do if I live out of state, but received a DWI in Missouri?

    The state where you live might have an applicable program that can transfer to Missouri.

    Your local agency will have to fill out and submit this form:
    Contact us for more information.

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    Important DWI Chart

    Reason for Stop Officer Looking For Evidence Concerns
    Check Point Odd Behavior; Avoiding Eye Contact; Etc. Odor of Alcohol; Visible Alcohol Containers
    Routine Stop Erratic Driving; Driving Under Speed Limit, Etc. Admissions to "a couple beers," Etc.
    Accident Confusion, Remorse, Admission To Fault Alcohol Contatiners At Scene; Odor of Alcohol, Etc.
    Anonymous Driver Call In Tip The Vehicle Reported; Admitting Awareneness of Reporting Driver Any Statements That Even Come Close To What Reporting Driver Claims To Have Seen, Etc.