Union County DWI Treatment Court was founded in 2010. Focusing on repeat driving while impaired offenders (Level A1, Level 1 and Level 2), the goal of DWI Treatment Court is to protect public safety by using the proven Drug Court model. A cooperative approach between all criminal justice stakeholders (judge, prosecutor, defense attorneys, law enforcement, probation, and treatment), is used to change offender’s behavior, addressing alcoholism and substance abuse as the root cause of impaired driving.
DWI Treatment Court is an accountability court. The program holds the convicted offender accountable for decisions made before the arrest – to drink and drive, and for decisions made after the arrest – to comply with the court order. Utilizing increased supervision, frequent alcohol and substance screening, mandated long term treatment, and providing ongoing case management, studies have shown successful DWI Court participants have a significantly decreased recidivism rate, which increases public safety.
By requiring bi-weekly court appearances and at least weekly meetings with the program coordinator, participants’ progress can be monitored closely. Frequent court appearances provide an avenue for rapid response to undesirable behaviors or actions and allow for repeated encouragement of improvement and advancement.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
· Convicted of Level A1, 1 or 2 driving while impaired
· Citizen of Union County
· No convictions of violent felony offense
· No convictions of trafficking or the sale of controlled substances
· No substantial mental health problems that prohibit productive participation