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Sobriety Court

Sobriety Court A general program from the 54A District Court is included below. Most Sobriety Courts will operate in a similar manner but each Sobriety Court has differences in the programming. The program's multifaceted approach utilizes a team concept. It includes a fast-track system with routine team staffing, frequent interaction with a Judge, intensive supervision by the probation officers, intensive treatment, random drug screening, alcohol testing, community service and attendance at a MADD Victim Impact Panel. Treatment consists of individualized assessment and treatment planning, individual and group counseling for substance abuse and other issues, 12 step meetings, home visits, education, life skills, parenting and employment issues. Positive reinforcement is provided for performance in the program. Sanctions are imposed and therapeutic interventions made in response to non-compliance. There are significant advantages to participating in a Sobriety Court including, but not limited to, obtaining a restricted driver's license as further explained below and exemption from vehicle forfeiture and immobilization

Eligibility
  • Non-violent defendants who have been convicted of repeat drinking and driving offenses may be eligible for the program.
  • Generally a Sobriety Court will have to be available in your county of residence to participate in the program
Sobriety Court Restricted Driver's License

A new Michigan law allows for people who have lost their driver’s license because of repeat drunk driving convictions if they agree to participate in a Sobriety Court. After and initial forty five (45) day suspension most individuals who participate in Sobriety will be able to obtain a Restricted Driver’s License with an Ignition Interlock Device. The Secretary of State is allowed to lift an individual’s prior suspensions or revocations if they were imposed due to two or more prior convictions for Operating While Intoxicated or Operating While Impaired or as a result of most prior driving offenses, implied consent suspensions, or the accumulation of twenty four (24) or more points. The Restricted License remains valid after an individual completes the Sobriety Court Program and the individual will be eligible through the Secretary of State for a Driver’s License Appeal they may file an appeal for full driving privileges.

Phases of the Program

Phase 1: Beginning Your Sober Lifestyle (12 week minimum)

  • Judicial one-on-one review every two weeks
  • Meet with probation officer once a week
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Daily alcohol testing
  • Random drug screening
  • Employment
  • 12 step meetings (i.e. AA) and sponsor
  • Journaling
  • Payments to the court

Phase 2: Creating Your Healthy Living Plan (12 week minimum)

  • Judicial one-on-one review every four weeks
  • Meet with probation officer every two weeks
  • 10 hours of community service
  • Attend MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • Continue a "Healthy Living Plan"
  • Continue all other programs listed in Phase 1

Phase 3: Working Your Healthy Living Plan (12 week minimum)

  • Judicial one-on-one review every six weeks
  • Meet with probation officer every two weeks
  • 20 hours of community service
  • 3 month reviews with counselors
  • Continue with all other programs listed in Phase 1
  • Transitional Phase (12 week minimum)

Phase 4: Giving Back - Preparation for Transition (16 week minimum)

  • Judicial one-on-one review every eight weeks
  • Meet with probation officer monthly
  • 3 month reviews with counselors
  • Continue all programs in Phase 1
  • Pay all court fees in full
  • Update your Plan
Graduation Ceremony
  • Upon successful completion of all phases and all court fees paid in full.
Post-Graduation: Living Your Plan (12 to 24 months)
  • Judicial review every three months
  • Meet with probation officer every 3 months or as directed
  • Submit monthly report form
  • 12 step meetings
  • Random alcohol/drug screening
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