Athens DUI/Drug Court Director
325 E. Washington St.
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed for lunch from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Athens DUI/Drug Court was originally designed and implemented in February, 2001 in the State Court of Clarke County under the direction of Judge Kent Lawrence. The Solicitor-General endorsed the specialized impaired driving program which was expanded to include Municipal Court offenders. In October 2002, the Program's operational components were enhanced as a result of additional funding from the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
The DUI/Drug Court is a Team concept involving the Judges, the Solicitor-General, Law Enforcement, the local Bar Association, the Public Defender's Office, the Court Coordinator, the Probation Officer, and licensed substance abuse treatment professionals. All Team members work together to support each participant in addressing and combating the substance abuse issues that brought them into the criminal justice system.
The Program's duration is a minimum of fourteen (14) months and consists of four phases:
Phase I: Extended assessment
Phase II: Treatment and early recovery
Phase III: Relapse prevention
Phase IV: Recovery management
All phases of the DUI/Drug Court Program encompass vocational and educational components in conjuction with providing substance abuse treatment with judicial oversight.