DUI Therapeutic Court
|The Honorable Jeffrey R. Smith||Judgefirstname.lastname@example.org|
||Therapeutic Court Coordinatoremail@example.com
|Tracy Hansen||DUI Therapeutic Court Probation Officerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Derek Phakoo||DUI Therapeutic Court Probation Officeremail@example.com|
|Makenzie Wellner||Therapeutic Court Case Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Malia Cross||Therapeutic Court Case Manageremail@example.com|
The mission of the Spokane County DUI Therapeutic Court is to compel chemically dependent offenders to address their chemical dependency, criminal thinking, and behavior. This is accomplished through support, accountability, treatment, intensive supervision and consistent contact with the DUI Therapeutic Court team. By eliminating alcohol and drug use and the associated criminal activity, it is the intent of the court to also reduce recidivism, enhance community safety, reduce alcohol and other drug related deaths, and increase rehabilitation.
The court will provide a means to successfully rehabilitate offenders by diverting them from the conventional criminal justice system and providing them with the tools they need to successfully reintegrate back into society
What is the DUI Therapeutic Court?
DUI Therapeutic Court is a specialty court with the responsibility of handling cases involving hard-core drinking drivers that are chemically dependent through comprehensive supervision, treatment services, and a system of incentives and sanctions. DUI Therapeutic Court provides a non-traditional approach to criminal DUI offenders who are severely chemically dependent. Rather than focusing only on the crimes committed and punishments received, DUI Therapeutic Court attempts to address the underlying issues.
As part of a comprehensive approach to encourage a sober lifestyle, an individual supervision program will include chemical dependency treatment, Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), frequent testing for use, regular attendance at court hearings, and regular contact with probation staff to assist the participant in obtaining additional services if needed.
The Judge is closely involved in each case as a team member. Offenders will be rewarded or sanctioned based on his or her compliance with the program. If the participant does not work toward treatment goals, then they will be terminated from the program. On the other hand, if the participant does work toward treatment goals, they will be given an opportunity to gain the necessary tools to rebuild their life.
How Does One Qualify?
To qualify, one must have been convicted of three or more DUI/Physical Control or amended DUIs in the past 10 years. Potential dis-qualifiers (on a case by case basis) include prior sex or violent crime convictions, prior or current Drug Court involvement, and DOC community custody holds, residency outside of Spokane County, active gang affiliation, or individuals identified as ROP offenders.
Please see our DUI Handbook (PDF) for more information.