Philadelphia DUI Treatment Court (DUITC) program is for participants with a non-violent history. The program helps participants keep their jobs and access treatment services while minimizing the financial impacts of DUI charges. The DUITC program supports recovery, employment, education, and resolving legal issues.
If you were charged with a DUI, you may be eligible for the DUITC program. The DUITC accepts participants facing 90 days or 1 year in jail for DUI charges. Your lawyer will tell you your specific charges. Your charge will depend on your history of DUI convictions and the evidence in your current DUI arrest.
If you are facing 90-days in jail for your charge and you participate in the DUITC program, you must spend 10 days in jail and 80 days on house arrest. If you are employed, you can spend the 10 jail days on 5 consecutive weekends so that you can continue to go to work. If you are unemployed, you must spend 10 days in a row in jail.
If you are facing 1-year in jail for your charge and you participate in the DUITC program, you will spend 90 days in the jail work release program and 275 days on house arrest. The Work Release Program is a prison program with lower restrictions. You can go to work, help support your family, and go back to the prison when you are not working. The program is designed for participants with a non-violent history.
You will be evaluated for drug and/or alcohol treatment before entering into the program. You will have to plead guilty and be assigned a probation officer. During the program, you will be expected to:
- attend regular treatment
- attend weekly meetings with a probation officer
- get at least one drug test per week
- go to court once per month
Program services include:
- substance abuse assessment
- inpatient or outpatient treatment
- individual counseling
- group counseling
- recovery support group
- drug testing
- other supportive services
The DUITC program will also provide you with a probation officer for:
- employment counseling
- training referrals
- education and literary assistance
- referrals for health care services
- recovery housing services
- referrals to social services
- vocational training
If you are successful in the program for at least one year, your probation will end. You will also receive a graduation plaque for your accomplishment.
Matthew Schmonsees, Coordinator