A DUI Court is a court specifically designated to supervise eligible participants who have been charged with a felony third or fourth offense DUI or third or fourth offense refusal of chemical test who participate in a comprehensive program of alcohol and/or drug treatment and rehabilitation services.
A DUI Court provides a non-traditional approach to eligible participants who are addicted to drugs or alcohol.
A DUI Court is a unique partnership between the judicial system, criminal justice system, treatment providers, and the community that structures treatment intervention around the authority and personal involvement of a DUI Court Judge. A DUI Court has a non-adversarial courtroom atmosphere where a judge and a dedicated team of court officers, treatment providers, and DUI Court staff work together toward a common goal of breaking the cycle of substance use and criminal behavior.
The mission of the DUI Court is:
- To increase public safety by providing a program that facilitates access to treatment and implements intensive case management;
- To decrease substance use;
- To return law-abiding, productive, and responsible citizens to their families and community;
- To reduce direct societal cost by diverting participants from the correctional system and by allowing the participants to continue to support their families and learn how to live with their addiction; and
- To eliminate indirect societal cost by eliminating harm to potential future victims and their families, and the families of the participants.
DUI Court has five primary goals:
1. Reduce crime;
2. Enhance public safety;
3. reduce substance use;
4. Reduce the impact of substance use related cases on criminal justice system resources; and
5. Enable participants to become productive and responsible members of the community.
DUI Court targets individuals charged with felony third or fourth offense DUI or third or fourth offense refusal of chemical test who are in the criminal justice system as a result of their substance dependency and in need of a highly-structured, intensively-supervised program to address their substance dependency and become substance-free, law-abiding and responsible citizens.
Once a completed application is returned to the coordinator, a risk assessment screening will be setup. Please contact the coordinator for more information on application.