DUI Court conducts ceremony for two graduates
The Office of Solicitor, Twelfth Judicial Circuit’s DUI Court held its first graduation ceremony on Sept. 14 before a courtroom packed with supporters, to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of two graduating participants. The two participants, like the many others who are currently in this intensive program, attend regular court appearances before a judge and DUI Court Team.
Participants have weekly office visits with the DUI Court Coordinator; participate in rigorous outpatient and inpatient substance abuse treatment programs (including individual and group counseling), community service, and random alcohol and drug testing. Each participant is issued a portable breathalyzer while in the program that they must carry with them at all times. Issued breathalyzers have a camera which verifies that the assigned participant is providing scheduled and random breath samples.
The two graduates, one male and one female, had their own individual struggles coming into the DUI Court Program. The male graduate is an Army veteran who had been drinking for over half his life. Like many others, he had tried different treatment options only to fail and never stop drinking. After the DUI Court Coordinator recognized multiple health issues affecting this participant’s recovery, she found the resources necessary for successful medical treatment.
The female graduate is a single mother who started drinking to cover up the loss of her first child and just spiraled down afterwards. While in the DUI Court Program, she was able to get the substance abuse treatment she needed to overcome this life obstacle. She now has two jobs and is going to college full-time. Both graduates will now enter the DUI Court’s Aftercare Phase for six months and will continue to be monitored by the DUI Court Coordinator.