What is DUI Court?
DUI Court is a voluntary, post-conviction, treatment-based program for those who have been convicted multiple times for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs. The DUI Court program offers enhanced supervision, counseling, and treatment to help participants function in the community with continuing support. The program lasts a minimum of 14 months and usually takes 16-18 months.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
- be charged with their 2nd DUI in ten years or 3rd or more lifetime;
- be a Cherokee County resident;
- be 17 years of age or older;
- show an indication of alcohol/drug abuse or dependence;
- have no history of violent felony offenses;
- have no out-of-state warrants; and
- have a valid immigration status with no ICE (immigration) holds.
Benefits of the program include:
- less jail time;
- a reduction in fine(s), conditioned upon successful completion of the program;
- community service credit for successful completion of the program;
- affordable treatment and alcohol/drug testing;
- supervision in meeting license reinstatement requirements; and
- support in achieving sobriety.