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Driving Under the Influence
(DUI) Court

History and Background

The El Paso County Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Court started in June 2008, and the Teller County DUI Court started in 2010.  Judge Jackson Peters founded the 4th Judicial District (El Paso and Teller Counties) DUI Court program and presided over it until his retirement in September, 2011. Judge Dan Wilson presided over the El Paso County DUI Court program from September 2011 until April, 2013. Judge Lin Billings Vela began presiding over the Teller County DUI Court program in October 2011 and began presiding over the El Paso County program April 2013. Judge Regina Walter began presiding over the DUI Court in January 2015 and is the current presiding Judge for DUI Court.

The Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Court program is designed for high risk/high need repeat DUI offenders. Program participants must be probation eligible and must have a new felony DUI charge.

Overview of current presiding Judge

Honorable Regina Walter

Judge Regina Walter was appointed to the County Court bench in August of 2008. Prior to her appointment, she was a Juvenile Magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District for a period of 21 years. She created the Fourth Judicial District’s Family Treatment Drug Court in July 2002. Previously, she was a Deputy Public Defender with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. Judge Walter is the organizer of the Minority Overrepresentation Subcommittee of the Best Practices Court. She is a Cultural Competence Trainer for the Fourth Judicial District and serves on the Board of Directors for the Nutrition Camp School Board.  She is the Chair of Educating Children of Color, Inc. Additionally, she has provided in excess of 1500 hours of diversity training throughout the State of Colorado. Judge Walter has received numerous awards, including the 1997 State of Colorado Outstanding Judicial Officer of the Year; the Urban League Thirty-fourth Annual Equal Opportunity Award; the Thurgood Marshall Award from the US Postal Service and the African American Voice; a Coalition for Minority Youth Equality Leadership Award in 1999; the El Paso County Bar Association Portia Award for the Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2000; Colorado Juvenile Council, 2003 Administrator of the Year; a 2006 award from The Methamphetamine Task Force of El Paso and Teller Counties; the 2006 award for Diversity Leadership from the Judicial Branch of the State of Colorado; the 2010 Liberty Bell Award from the El Paso County Bar Association, and a 2010 Freedom Fund Award for Public Service from the NAACP. She graduated from Colorado College and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa, College of Law in 1983.

 Mission and End Goal of the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Court

The primary goal of the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Court is to protect the client and others (the public) from the many dangers associated with drunk driving.  It is our hope that the client will not drink and drive again after the successful completion of this program.  In recognition that most people entering this program have an addiction to alcohol, it is also our hope that client’s will learn to develop a lifestyle that is alcohol free.  It is our goal that clients develop a personal lifestyle of sobriety, and experience a dramatic improvement in their quality of life.  Sobriety doesn’t cause all of life’s problems to go away, but it does provide a stronger footing to cope, correct and resolve.  Our hope is that the client will be a happier and healthier person.

Benefits to the Public

Protect the client and the public from the many dangers associated with drunk driving. 

Program eligibility

  • Must be probation eligible
  • Have a new felony DUI charge (generally 4th or 5th DUI)
  • History of alcohol abuse, or poly substance abuse

Program requirements

ORIENTATION PHASE

  • You will appear in court weekly for the first eight weeks and every other week thereafter during orientation phase.  You will appear in court on time.
  • You will attend 1 therapy group weekly or more as recommended by your therapist and as provided in your therapy plan.  You are to arrive on time and fully participate.
  • You will report to your probation officer each week, or as directed.
  • You will submit to random sobriety monitoring. This monitoring may include UA/BA, SCRAM, Sleeptime, GPS, ETG tests or other appropriate technology at your expense. All samples must be testable and not dilute.
  • You will attend AA/NA meetings a minimum of once per week.  Attendance at AA meetings is to be documented weekly at therapy group.   It is recommended that you obtain an AA sponsor.  (Individuals with significant alcohol dependency issues may be required to attend AA/NA with greater frequency)
  • You are to follow the recommendations of your therapist in consultation with the DUI Court team with respect to the use of Antabuse, Naltrexone or other appropriate medication approved by a physician.
  • If you are able to obtain a valid Colorado driver’s license you are to demonstrate compliance with ignition interlock whenever driving.  You are never to drive without a valid Colorado driver’s license and interlock.  Driving violations are considered serious violations in DUI Court.
  • You will not possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs.  Use of medical or recreational marijuana is not allowed.
  • You will enroll with FRCS and complete a minimum of 10 hours of UPS per month during this phase.
  • You will set up a payment plan with the courts for payment of your court fines and fees.
  • You will be in compliance with the “WORK” requirement section of this contract.
  • You will pay treatment costs and probation costs as ordered.
  • You will follow any other terms provided for in this contract.

PHASE ONE

  • You will appear in court bi-weekly for the first 8 weeks and every three weeks thereafter during Phase One.  You will appear in court on time.
  • You will attend 2 therapy groups per week or more as recommended by your therapist and as provided in your therapy plan.  You are to arrive on time and fully participate.
  • You will report to your probation officer each week, or as directed.
  • You will submit to random sobriety monitoring. This monitoring may include UA/BA, SCRAM, Sleeptime, GPS, ETG tests or other appropriate technology at your expense. All samples must be testable and not dilute.
  • You will attend AA/NA meetings a minimum of once per week. Attendance at AA meetings is to be documented weekly at therapy group.  It is recommended that you obtain an AA sponsor.  (Individuals with significant alcohol dependency issues may be required to attend AA/NA with greater frequency)
  • You are to follow the recommendations of your therapist in consultation with the DUI Court team with respect to the use of Antabuse, Naltrexone or other appropriate medication approved by a physician.
  • If you are able to obtain a valid Colorado driver’s license you are to demonstrate compliance with ignition interlock whenever driving.  You are never to drive without a valid Colorado driver’s license and interlock.  Driving violations are considered serious violations in DUI Court.
  • You will not possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs.  Use of medical or recreational marijuana is not allowed.
  • You will enroll with FRCS and complete a minimum of 10 hours of UPS per month during this phase.
  • You will set up a payment plan with the courts for payment of your court fines and fees.
  • You will be in compliance with the “WORK” requirement section of this contract.
  • You will pay treatment costs and probation costs as ordered.
  • You will follow any other terms provided for in this contract.

PHASE TWO

  • You will appear in court every three weeks for the first 8 weeks and monthly thereafter during Phase Two.  You will be on time.
  • You will attend 1 therapy group weekly or more as recommended by your therapist and as provided in your therapy plan.  You are to arrive on time and fully participate.
  • You will keep your appointment with your probation officer every other week, or as directed.
  • You will submit to random sobriety monitoring. This monitoring may include UA/BA, SCRAM, Sleeptime, GPS, ETG tests or other appropriate technology at your expense. All samples must be testable and not dilute.
  • You are to attend AA/NA a minimum of once per week.  Attendance at AA meetings is to be documented weekly with your therapist.  It is recommended that you obtain an AA sponsor.  (Individuals with significant alcohol dependency issues may be required to attend AA/NA with greater frequency)
  • You are to follow the recommendations of your therapist in consultation with the DUI Court team to attend additional therapy and with the respect to use of Antabuse, Naltrexone or other appropriate medication approved by a physician.
  • If you are able to obtain a valid Colorado driver’s license you are to demonstrate compliance with ignition interlock whenever driving.  You are never to drive without a valid Colorado driver’s license and interlock.  Driving violations are considered serious violations in DUI Court.
  • You will not possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs.  Use of medical or recreational marijuana is not allowed.
  • You will complete a minimum of 10 hours of UPS per month during this phase.
  • You will be current on your payment plan for court fines and fees
  • You will be in compliance with the “WORK” requirement section of this contract.
  • You will pay treatment costs and probation costs as ordered.
  • You will follow any other terms provided for in this contract.

PHASE THREE

  • You will appear in court once a month.  You will be on time.
  •   You will attend 1 therapy group weekly or more as recommended by your therapist and as provided in your therapy plan.  You are to arrive on time and fully participate.
  • You will keep your appointment with your probation officer once a month, or as directed.
  • You will submit to random sobriety monitoring. This monitoring may include UA/BA, SCRAM, Sleeptime, GPS, ETG tests or other appropriate technology at your expense.  All samples must be testable and not dilute.
  • You are to attend AA/NA a minimum of once per week.  Attendance at AA meetings is to be documented weekly with your therapist.  It is recommended that you obtain an AA sponsor.  (Individuals with significant alcohol dependency issues may be required to attend AA/NA with greater frequency)
  • You are to follow the recommendations of your therapist in consultation with the DUI Court team to attend additional therapy, and with respect to the use of Antabuse, Naltrexone or other appropriate medication approved by a physician.
  • If you are able to obtain a valid Colorado driver’s license you are to demonstrate compliance with ignition interlock whenever driving.  You are never to drive without a valid Colorado driver’s license and interlock.  Driving violations are considered serious violations in DUI Court.
  • You will not possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs.  Use of medical or recreational marijuana is not allowed.
  • All of your UPS requirements will be completed.
  • You will be current on your payment plan for court fines and fees
  • You will be in compliance with the “WORK” requirement section of this contract.
  • You will pay treatment costs and probation costs as ordered.
  • You will follow any other terms provided for in this contract.
  • You will prepare a Life Plan for Sobriety to be presented to the DUI Court team.
  • You will not complete or graduate from Phase Four until there have been 30 days without a program violation. 

PHASE FOUR

  • You will attend 1 therapy session per month or more as recommended by your therapist and as provided in your therapy plan.  You are to arrive on time and fully participate.
  • You will submit to random sobriety monitoring. This monitoring may include SCRAM, Sleeptime, GPS, ETG tests or other appropriate technology at your expense. All samples must be testable and not dilute.
  • You will appear in court as directed.
  • You will ensure that your therapist has current contact information at all times and will respond in less than 48 hours if contacted by her or another team member.
  • All financial obligations to the court must be satisfied in order for this phase to terminate and to end the jurisdiction of the court. 

Referral Process – How participants get into the program

Clients are referred into the program by Judges and attorneys that think that this program is appropriate. When it is determined that an individual has been charged with a felony DUI and the defendant is probation eligible, the case should generally be transferred to the DUI Court.

Contact(s) for questions and information

Lydia Longo, DUI Court Probation Officer

Phone number: (719) 452-5795

Email: lydia.longo@judicial.state.co.us

 

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