What is DUI or DWI court?
DUI Court is a program that was designed to provide an alternative to a penitentiary sentence for repeat DUI offenders. DUI Court focuses on long term treatment and very intense supervision with frequent group meetings to help facilitate and increase the defendant’s long term chances of recovery and sustained sobriety. Not all individuals are eligible to participate in the DUI Court program. In order to participate in DUI Court, the State’s Attorney’s Office must first consent to a defendant’s participation in the program. If the State consents, the defendant must then be approved by the DUI Court committee before staring the program. If a defendant successfully completes the DUI Court program, he or she will still have a conviction for a felony drug DUI offense, but will have avoided the penitentiary sentence that very likely would have been imposed without DUI Court. If the defendant is unsuccessfully discharged from DUI Court, he or she must then appear in front of the Court and will almost certainly be sent to the penitentiary.
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