DUI/Drug 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 drugs and other drug related misdemeanor crimes. The
DUI/Drug Court program offers enhanced supervision, counseling, and treatment to help participants
function in the community with continuing support. The program lasts a minimum of 18
months, depending on participant's progress.
See links below for access to our handbook, program requirements, participant contract and other information.
be charged with their 2nd DUI in%uFFFD5 years or 3rd or more lifetime;
be 17 years of age or older;
show an indication of alcohol/drug abuse of dependence;
have no prior convictions for violent felonies or current charges (either felony or
misdemeanor) involving the use of force against another;
have no out-of-state warrants; and
has a valid immigration status with no ICE (immigration) holds.
Benefits of the program include:
less jail time;
a reduction of fine(s), conditioned upon successful completion of the program;
community service credit of 200 hours for successfully completing all phases of the
affordable treatment and alcohol/drug testing;
supervision in meeting license reinstatement requirements; and support in achieving sobriety.
The cost of the program is $260 per month for 12 months and then $105 per month for the next 6 months. If a participant takes more than 18 months to complete the program, the fees are $75 per month for each month over 18. Court fees include, treatment, probation supervision and drug screening.
DUI/Drug Court is divided into four or five phases that each has a minimum duration; how long a participant is in a particular phase depends on the participant's level of compliance and readiness to progress in the program. In the higher phases, the program requirements lessen.
In Phases I through III, participants are required to attend court every 1st and 3rd Wednesday or Thursday of each month, depending on which Judge they have. In later phases, participants are required to attend court on the first Wednesday or Thursday of each month. Court usually lasts an hour to an hour and a half, and sessions are presided over by Judges Eddie Barker (Wednesday) and Brian Fortner (Thursday), the DUI/Drug Court Judges for State Court of Douglas County.
Each participant accepted into the Douglas County DUI/Drug Court Program will be required to attend treatment sessions as assigned at the DUI/Drug Court treatment facility, which is located at 12431 Veteran's Memorial Hwy., LOWER LEVEL, Douglasville, GA 30134. Participants will be required to attend 3-4 weekly group sessions in the beginning and this will taper off as they move through the phases.
Drug testing is performed on a random basis; however, a breath or urine specimen may be required at any time. All Drug testing will be conducted at the DUI/Durg Court Office, Douglas County courthouse on DUI court days, or at your residence during home visits by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Formal Support Group Meetings are not required but are encouraged as a part of our program.