DUI Courts are a type of postconviction collaborative court dedicated to changing the behavior of defendants with repeat DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while impaired) charges. Based on the drug court model, DUI courts provide individualized treatment and supervision and through a system of supervision, accountability, and rehabilitative treatment. Variants of DUI court include drug courts that also accept DUI offenders. These are commonly referred to as “hybrid” DUI courts or DUI/Drug Courts.

The Goals of DUI Courts are to:

Protect public safety by using the drug court model to address the root cause of impaired driving;

Reduce traffic fatalities and limit impaired driving; and

Support defendant’s return to society by addressing underlying substance use disorders and mental health issues 


Research & Reports

What works (or doesn’t) in a DUI court? An example of expedited case processing

This study examines the impact of expedited court processing on the county-wide rate of DUI offenses by using ...

The Effectiveness of Idaho DUI and Misdemeanor/DUI Courts: Outcome Evaluation

The study found that participation in a DUI or Misdemeanor/DUI Drug Court in Idaho (23%) reduced recidivism compared ...

What Do Clients Achieve in Drug/DUI Court? Examining Intended and Unintended Outcomes

Based on content analysis of 229 letters written by clients to Tulsa County DUI and drug programs in ...

What is a DUI/DWI Court?

DUI/DWI Courts in California

DWI Court offenders are up to nineteen times less likely to get a new DWI offense than those offenders sentenced by a traditional court.

DWI Courts Are Showing Success. Three separate studies have now found DWI Courts to be effective in reducing ...

A Promising Practice to Reduce Alcohol-related Traffic Fatalities – International Institute for Alcohol Awareness

The number of annual alcohol-related traffic fatalities has hovered around 17,000 for the past ten years. Education and ...
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