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Collaborative court may help when facing a repeat DUI charge

The concept of collaborative courts in California is not new, and authorities report that significant rates of success have been obtained by drug courts. Several counties have mirrored the principles of drug courts to deal with drunk drivers, hoping to prevent recidivism and just another repeat DUI charge. The District Attorney of Tulare County recently announced the plan to add a DUI court to the list of collaborative courts the county already has.

In collaborative courts, accountability is promoted through a combination of rehabilitation services and judicial supervision. Individuals in the program are strictly monitored, and the program focuses on recovery. It is certainly not an easy way out as it includes formal probation for three years, alcohol monitoring for at least 30 days after release, and a mandatory interlock device installation. Furthermore, participants have to complete a certified DUI program.

Authorities say the focus of DUI courts are on repeat offenders and those who are arrested with blood-alcohol contents of more than .15. It is said that these drivers are a major threat on California roads and are involved in more crashes -- many of them fatal -- than sober drivers. Traditional sentencing has apparently not brought about any change in the behavior of many repeat offenders. The long-term treatment and intensive supervision, along with the accountability created by the drug court program, have shown a significant success.

Any California driver who is facing yet another DUI charge and has the desire to take responsibility for his or her life may benefit from consulting with an experienced DUI defense attorney. The requirements, along with the pros and cons of commitment to the DUI court program, will be explained, along with other available options. Whatever the ultimate choice of action, a lawyer can protect the rights of his or her client and provide guidance throughout the legal proceedings.

Source: visaliatimesdelta.com, "Two new Collaborative Courts on tap", Tim Ward, June 19, 2015

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