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.