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What Are Tennessee DUI Courts?

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.

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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 consultation.

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