What is Alcohol Treatment Court?

Alcohol Treatment Court in Milwaukee - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

If you’re charged with criminal drinking and driving in Milwaukee, you could be sentenced to go through alcohol treatment. But what is the Alcohol Treatment Court in Milwaukee County, and is it the same as a mandatory rehab program?

What is the Milwaukee County Alcohol Treatment Court?

The Milwaukee County Alcohol Treatment Court, which is separate from the Waukesha County Alcohol Treatment Court, is a program that allows people convicted of drinking and driving (and some drug-related offenses) address addiction. It’s a completely voluntary program – and it’s not the same as mandatory alcohol or drug treatment rehabilitation.

According to Milwaukee County, the program is a “court-supervised, comprehensive treatment program for non-violent felony offenders or habitual misdemeanants.” It’s a voluntary program that includes regular court appearances with alcohol and drug treatment, and drug testing and weekly appointments with a case manager are required to participate.

If you are allowed to use the Milwaukee County Alcohol Treatment Court, you’ll go through four phases.

Phase One

  • You must go 30 days without using alcohol or drugs
  • You’ll be subjected to random testing
  • You must be engaged in, and making progress in, treatment
  • You must have 100% attendance at treatment and meetings with case managers
  • You cannot be arrested
  • You must appear before the Drug Court Judge once per week

Phase Two

  • You must go 120 days without using alcohol or drugs
  • You’ll be subjected to random testing
  • You must be making progress in treatment
  • You must have 100% attendance at treatment and meetings with case managers
  • You cannot be arrested
  • You must appear before the Drug Court Judge once per month

Phase Three

  • You’ll be subjected to random testing
  • You must actively seek employment, education or vocational training
  • You must be making progress in treatment
  • You must have 100% attendance at treatment and meetings with case managers
  • You cannot be arrested
  • You must appear before the Drug Court Judge once per month

Phase Four

  • You’ll be subjected to random testing
  • You must be employed or enrolled in educational or vocational training
  • You must have stable housing
  • You cannot be arrested
  • You must have an aftercare or relapse prevention plan in place
  • You must have a sponsor
  • You must appear before the Drug Court Judge once per month
  • You must submit a written graduation application

Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Drunk Driving Charges?

You could be eligible for Milwaukee County Alcohol Treatment Court. If you believe you are, call us right away at 414-383-6700 or get in touch with us online for a free DUI case review. If there’s any way we can help you, we will – so call us today.

Carlos Gamino