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Arrested for DUI, call the Dog!
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DUI Court Program

Sarasota County has one of three DUI Court Programs for the State of Florida and provides an alternative to extended incarceration for repeat DUI offenders.

The Sarasota DUI Court is designed to target offenders who are alcohol dependent and currently charged with a DUI having one or more prior DUI arrest(s). Specialized DUI Courts are a proven method to effectively address community struggles with habitual DUI offenders. It’s modeled after the highly successful Drug Court concept, having a graduated sanction/reward structure and following specific Guiding Principles. Furthermore, it adds elements within the court such as mandatory counseling, case management, drug and alcohol testing, and community supervision. Statistics from operational DUI Courts show that recidivism decreases substantially after completion the highest level of accountability. Participants are sixty-five percent less likely to re-offend.

To enroll in the DUI Court program, you must enter a plea to the DUI charge and then you are placed on supervised probation for a period of at least one year. During this time, you are required to comply with the mandatory statutory requirements of Florida Statutes 316.193 and 322.28 and complete all four (4) phases of DUI Court program. Each participant’s progress will be reported to the entire DUI Court through weekly team staffings held prior to the status conference court proceeding. Detailed status reports are prepared and copied for the Judge and all team members to review as a part of the staffing process. A review of their treatment and overall program status will be discussed, along with any program violations and recommendations. There are some financial requirements associated with the program. Participants are required to provide a portion of costs towards their individualized DUI program. An initial $100.00 administrative fee and $200.00 monthly program fees are required. Participants are also required to pay their mandatory minimum fines and supervision costs as ordered. Mandatory contribution from participants has therapeutic benefits, allowing participants to be empowered having a sense of ownership through their steps of sobriety and recovery.

Eligibility Requirements for DUI Court

  • Defendant currently charged with Driving Under the Influence.
  • Defendant has 1 or more prior arrest(s).
  • Defendant is alcohol dependent and desires to change behavior having a willingness to complete a treatment program and participate in recovery.
  • No serious violent criminal history.
  • No evidence of drug dealing
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Must reside in Sarasota County
  • Defendant acknowledges they will be able to attend all required court appearances, treatment sessions and support meetings.
  • Defendant willing to… Show Up, Be Honest & Try

PHASE I: Orientation & Engagement – Duration – (up to 45 days)

  • Mandatory jail time.
  • Weekly Court Appearances.
  • Clinical assessment
  • Mental Health assessment
  • Case Management assessment
  • Probation orientation and assessment
  • Minimum of one home visit by probation, case manager or law enforcement.
  • Submit to a minimum of 3 random alcohol/drug screens per week.
  • Attend a minimum of 3 support/sober network meetings per week.
  • Comply with any additional requirements recommended by the treatment provider

To advance:

Completed jail time, completed all assessments, submitted up to 3 consecutive clean urine screens, signed Phase II contract and pay a minimum of the $100.00 administrative fee.

PHASE II: Early Recovery – Duration - (approximately 90 days)

  • Obtain a verified sponsor.
  • Follow all rules and regulations of treatment.
  • Weekly court appearances
  • Attend weekly scheduled case management meetings.
  • Attend scheduled monthly meetings with Probation Officer.
  • Attend a minimum of 3 support/sober network meetings per week.
  • Submit to a minimum of 3 random alcohol/drug screens per week.
  • Enroll in DUI School.
  • Maintain employment or seek employment skills & vocational / educational opportunities / Complete community service work as imposed by judge
  • Minimum of 1 monthly random home visit by probation, case manager or law enforcement.
  • Pay DUI Court Program fees.

To Advance:

Completed all phase requirements; current on program fees, minimum of 30 consecutive days clean and sober, signed Phase III contract.

PHASE III – Maintenance & Relapse Prevention – Duration – (approximately 115 days)

  • Follow all rules and regulations of treatment.
  • Bi-weekly court appearances
  • Attend scheduled monthly meetings with Probation Officer.
  • Attend scheduled weekly case management meetings as recommended.
  • Minimum of 1 random home visits by probation, case management or law enforcement.
  • Attend a minimum of 3 support/sober network meetings per week.
  • Submit to a minimum of 3 random alcohol/drug screens per week.
  • Maintain gainful employment / vocational training / full-part time student / Complete community service work as imposed by the judge.
  • Pay DUI Court program fees
  • Set up payment plan for court cost and fines.
  • Begin and attend financial counseling as determined by the court.
  • Participate in Victim Impact Panel

To Advance:

Completed all phase requirements, must be employed and/or attending school, completed DUI School, minimum of 90 days clean and sober, current on program fees, signed Phase IV contract.

PHASE IV – Continuance of Care & Commencement – Duration – (approximately 115 days)

  • Follow all rules and regulations of treatment.
  • Monthly court appearances
  • Attend scheduled monthly meetings with Probation Officer.
  • Attend monthly case management meetings as recommended.
  • Minimum of 1 random home visit by probation, case management or law enforcement.
  • Submit to a minimum of 3 random alcohol/drug screens per week.
  • Attend a minimum of 3 support/sober network meetings per week.
  • Maintain gainful employment / vocational training / full-part time student / Complete community service work as imposed by the judge.
  • Pay remaining balance of DUI Court program fees, court costs and fines
  • Attend bi-monthly Alumni group meeting.
  • Complete Alumni group form.
  • Develop Relapse prevention plan
  • Continue to address medical and mental health issues.
  • Complete program exit interview
  • DUI Court Commencement

Sarasota DUI Court Brochure