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DUI Court – Allegheny County (Part II)

Five Phases of DUI Court in Allegheny County

The following information is part II of a two-part segment concerning DUI Court in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  DUI Court is a specialty court of the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County specifically designed to address multiple DUI arrests.  If an individual has been arrested for a third (3rd) DUI and/or has multiple DUI arrests, this program may be an avenue to consider.

Please visit part one of this topic for a general overview of Allegheny County’s DUI Court Program.

For a free consultation of your DUI case, contact a Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer.

Five (5) Phases of the Allegheny County DUI Court Program:

*Components of phases, including the length of each phase, may be subject to change based on the participant’s particular needs, severity of chemical dependence, relapse and evolving concerns and/or problems.  Additionally, an individual may only move to the next phase upon agreement of the DUI Court Team (See DUI Court – Allegheny County (Part I).  Below is an outline of the five (5) phases of the DUI Court Program in Allegheny County, PA and what to expect during each phase up and until the point of graduation.

PHASE #1

Approximately 4 months

  • Intensive supervision on electronic home monitoring (“EHM”) (18 months / 90 days of alcohol bracelet monitoring)
    • Windows are available for work, school and treatment
  • Attend progress hearings (1-2 x per month)
  • Weekly contact with supervising probation officer (home & office visits)
  • Attend drug and/or alcohol treatment sessions
  • Attend a minimum of three (3) Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings per week
  • Submit to random weekly drug/alcohol testing
  • Secure full-time employment (or part-time if attending school)
  • Begin to make monthly payments on restitution, costs, fines and/or fees

PHASE #2

Approximately 4 months

  • EHM windows for select social outings will be permitted
  • Attend progress hearings (1-2 x per month)
  • Weekly contact with supervising probation officer
  • Attend drug and/or alcohol treatment sessions
  • Three (3) Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings per week
  • Random weekly drug/alcohol testing
  • Maintain employment
  • Continue to make monthly payments on restitution, costs, fines and/or fees

PHASE #3

Approximately 4 months

  • Electronic supervision is less restrictive (curfew imposed – you are free to come and go)
  • Attend progress hearings (1-2 x per month)
  • Bi-weekly contact with supervising probation officer
  • Continue to attend drug and/or alcohol treatment/aftercare
  • Two (2) Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings per week
  • Random bi-weekly drug/alcohol testing
  • Maintain employment
  • Continue to pay restitution, costs, fines and/or fees

PHASE #4

1 year mark

  • Removal from EHM and begin intensive probation (6 months)
    • Curfew at 11:00 p.m. through 7:00 a.m. (unless work related or permission from supervising probation officer)
  • Attend progress hearings (1-2 x per month)
  • Bi-weekly contact with supervising probation officer
    • Random calls from P.O. (If missed, could be a violation)
  • Attend drug and/or alcohol aftercare program as directed
  • Two (2) Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings per week
  • Random bi-weekly drug/alcohol testing
  • Maintain employment
  • Continue with payments

PHASE #5

Approximately 6 months

  • Curfew lifted!
  • Attend progress hearings (1-2 x per month)
  • Contact with supervising probation officer one time per month
  • One (1) Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting per week
  • Random monthly drug/alcohol testing
  • Maintain employment
  • Continue with payments

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

At approximately the 2 year mark

  • Successful completion of all recommended treatment
  • Minimum of 12 months drug and alcohol free
  • Completion of all phases
  • Maintain gainful, consistent employment or involvement in a vocation/academic training program
  • Sustain a living environment that is conducive to maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle

 For a free consultation of your DUI case, contact a Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer.