In Orange County, if you are charged with driving under the influence – DWI – contact an experienced Orange County DWI defense attorney at once. If it’s your second or third DUI offense, you may qualify for Driving Under the Influence Treatment Court. You’ll want to discuss this option with your attorney before making a decision. DWI Treatment Court is not for first offenders and it is not for defendants who want to plead not guilty and fight the charge.

Participants in the DWI Treatment Court program are usually second or third-time DWI offenders charged with misdemeanor DUI offenses which do not include serious injury to any victim. Applicants must be screened and assessed for acceptance into the program. Upon acceptance, a participant will plead guilty to the DUI charge, a jail sentence will be stayed, and the supervision and treatment program will begin. The program is designed for repeat offenders who are ready to face and deal with their alcohol issues.

DUI Treatment Court provides a way for the state to reduce DWI recidivism, enhance public safety, and encourage participants and their families to live healthier and safer by providing treatment, alcohol and drug testing, education, strict supervision, regular judicial review, and by requiring personal accountability. DUI Treatment Court typically offers outpatient treatment, including weekly one-on-one sessions with a licensed therapist (or a supervised clinician) and group sessions with AA, NA, or similar programs. Participants are also expected to attend and complete the DMV-mandated multiple alcohol offender educational program.

Overwhelmingly, most drivers arrested for DWI are first-time offenders. The majority of those who are convicted “learn their lesson” and do not become repeat offenders. Of course, for certain offenders who take advantage of what it offers, DUI Treatment Court may be quite helpful. If you are charged with DUI in Orange County – whether it’s a first offense or a subsequent offense, and whether the charge is a felony or a misdemeanor – discuss your case and your legal options as quickly as possible with an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.