“The mission of the Williamson County DWI/Drug Court is to enhance public safety by reducing recidivism using consistent evidence based practice incorporating a multi-disciplinary team. It is our purpose to change and save lives and provide a consistent approach that both enhances the offender’s opportunity to succeed and maximizes community safety.”
DWI/Drug Court Intent and Purpose
DWI/Drug Court is a twelve month or longer program that integrates local criminal justice resources, case management, and substance abuse treatment to rehabilitate targeted repeat DWI and misdemeanor drug possession offenders in lieu of incarceration.
The DWI/Drug Court Team consists of an assigned judge, prosecutor from the County Attorney’s Office, a defense attorney, representatives of the community supervision and corrections department, and treatment providers. The team works together for the common goal of helping participants recover from substance dependency. As a result, many of the participating agencies must rethink their traditional roles and redefine their definitions of a successful case outcome. It is through this team effort that maximum benefits will accrue for substance dependent offenders.
The DWI/Drug Court is a post-adjudication program that primarily serves repeat offender DWI and drug possession offenders. Offenders already under supervision that violate the terms of their supervision may be eligible for admission into the program.
The DWI/Drug Court focuses on: (1) compliance with court-ordered conditions of community supervision, (2) the verified maintenance of abstinence / sobriety, (3) participation in and completion of intensive outpatient treatment, (4) the development and maintenance of daily living skills and behaviors which promote lifelong abstinence / sobriety and productive service as a member of the community, and (5) regularly scheduled court hearings to apprise the judge of individual offender progress, compliance, or non-compliance while participating in the program, with appropriate rewards or sanctions used in response to demonstrated behaviors.
Honesty and compliance among participants is rewarded. Court responses are reduced for honest admissions of violations, while they are increased for dishonesty. Upon unsuccessful discharge from DWI/Drug Court, the case will be returned to court via a motion to revoke supervision, or a motion to set aside deferred adjudication.