Liberty County DUI Court FAQs

Posted Wednesday August 16, 2017 by admin

Atlantic Judicial Accountability Court

LIBERTY COUNTY DUI COURT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHAT IS LIBERTY COUNTY DUI COURT? 

It is a court supervised treatment program for defendants a minimum of 2 DUI’s in 5 years (it be their second DUI) or 3 in a lifetime, and the ticket received must be a Liberty County, GA ticket/citation.  Liberty County DUI Court only serves Liberty County, GA.

Drunk driving is a serious and costly problem, often resulting in fatalities, personal injury, and incarceration.  Repeated DUI offenses are often caused by an underlying substance abuse problem that has gone undiagnosed and untreated. Liberty County DUI Court identifies persons for whom treatment may reduce DUI offenses.

HOW IS LIBERTY COUNTY DUI COURT DIFFERENT FROM THE TRADITIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM?

The goal of the traditional system is to prove guilt and incarcerate the offender. The goal of Liberty County DUI Court is for offenders to acknowledge their guilt and personal responsibility, cooperate in their treatment management, and take maximum possible control of the events of their life.

 HOW DOES THE TREATMENT WORK?

Liberty County DUI Court participants voluntarily submit to several specific requirements over a minimum 12-24 month period

•     Attend regular status review meetings with the judge and court staff, defense attorney, and assistant district attorney.

•     Attend group counseling sessions several times a week

•     Remain employed or engage in volunteer activities

•    If appropriate, submit to random drug screens

•    Remain employed or engage in volunteer activities

IF LIBERTY COUNTY DUI COURT DID NOT EXIST, WHAT WOULD NORMALLY HAPPEN TO THIS PERSON?

Normally, he or she would be found guilty; either serve time or submit to supervision by a probation officer, then likely re-offend and repeat the cycle continuing to drive while intoxicated on the streets in our community.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR LIBERTY COUNTY DUI COURT?

Applicants to the program must be approved by DUI Court team members after a review of their referral, a criminal background check by the ADA, and a review of the participant’s A & D assessment results and comprehensive evaluation for the program has been discussed with treatment to determine if they are a good candidate for the program (if they have an addiction).

HOW DOES LIBERTY COUNTY DUI COURT HELP THE INDIVIDUAL? 

Liberty County DUI Court interrupts the repeat offender cycle that is so characteristic of individuals with substance abuse issues.

HOW DOES LIBERTY COUNTY DUI COURT HELP THE COMMUNITY? 

It saves money.

First, while the offender is in the program, he or she is not in jail. It costs taxpayers $45 per day to incarcerate an individual in the Liberty County Jail, not including the cost of medical care if the individual has special medical needs.  In contrast, Liberty County DUI Court costs taxpayers approximately $9.72 per day ($3.79 is paid from Liberty County budgets). Second, for each graduate of the Liberty County DUI Court program, the number of days in the future that he or she would otherwise have spent in jail represents a savings of $36 per day

It makes our streets safer.

It reduces personal injury and property damage.

* It salvages lives and promotes citizenship.

Liberty County DUI Court is a means for us as a community to answer the imperative of common decency in helping people who want help, ask for help, and are willing to work for it. Families are restored.

WHO RUNS THE PROGRAM AND HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Liberty County DUI Court is part of a larger umbrella of Atlantic Judicial Circuit Accountability Courts in Liberty County.  Contact information:

Glenda Harriman, Coordinator
P.O. Box 2106
Hinesville, GA 31310
Phone: (912) 368-5897
Fax: (912) 877-0334
Email: glenda.harriman@libertycountyga.com