What Are Tennessee DUI Courts?
And How a Murfreesboro DUI Defense Attorney Can Help
Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated (DUI or DWI) Courts
were created to try to change the behavior of repeat DUI/DWI offenders.
The goal in changing the offender’s behavior is to lower the rate
of re-arrest or recidivism. The DUI/DWI Courts use the Drug Court model,
which employs accountability and long-term treatment.
You could be eligible for DUI/DWI Court if you violated the law due to
your alcohol dependency or addiction. This program includes a cooperative
approach to change your dependency behavior by utilizing the criminal
system, including a judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, officers, probation,
case managers, and substance abuse treatment providers.
If you would like to learn more about DUI Courts,
contact Clarke Law Firm at (615) 645-1501 today.
Who Is Eligible for Admittance into the DUI Court Program?
Not all DUI/DWI offenders are eligible; you must meet certain parameters
prior to being allowed into the DUI Court Program.
- For example, in Rutherford County, Tennessee, you must:
- Be a non-violent offender
- Have a diagnosis of alcohol dependency
- Be a resident of specific counties
- Be only a second or third time offender
- Voluntarily agree to participate
- Have an agreement with a judge/DA/Defense Counsel
- Not have other pending criminal charges
- Not be mentally ill or suicidal
How Does the DUI Court Program Work?
A DUI Court Program is a long-term treatment program designed to help you
through meetings with case managers, random urine screens, group therapy
sessions, attendance at AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or other self-help support
meetings, appearances before a judge, payment of program fees, and court
fines/costs. It is also important for you to set up a support program
with family, friends, or a sponsor to help you with the recovery process.
In addition to the random urine screens, you may be required to wear a
SCRAM bracelet, which is a transdermal alcohol detection device. This
device can electronically monitor your skin for alcohol vapors. The wearing
of this device will make it so the case manager or probation officers
do not need to randomly screen your urine.
Furthermore, you may be required to have an ignition interlock system installed
on your vehicle. The interlock device requires you to blow into the device
in order to start the vehicle. If any alcohol is detected on your breath,
your vehicle will not start.
If you would like the advice of an experienced Murfreesboro DUI defense
lawyer on whether or not you are eligible for DUI Court or if it’s
a good alternative for you, schedule your
free consultation. Call Clarke Law Firm today at (615) 645-1501.