Karlene Behringer
Trial Court Administrator
Email: kbehringer@kcgov.us

Jamie Johnson
Assistant to the Trial Court Administrator
Email: jjohnson@kcgov.us

P: (208) 446-1217
F: (208) 446-1224

Physical Address:
501 Government Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Click here for map.

DUI Court Overview

Elgibility Criteria

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You are elgible for DUI Court if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are charged in Kootenai County with a Second Offense DUI or an Excessive DUI.
  • You have an alcohol or drug problem.
  • You live in Kootenai County.
  • You have no hold from another jurisdiction.
  • You are willing to participate in an intesive alcohol/drug treatment program to deal with your addiction and address addiction-related issues.
  • The substance abuse evaluation and level of services inventory assessment indicate that you are appropriate for the level of treatment and supervision in the DUI Court program.
  • The prosecutor, defense counsel, and you, the client, must all agree to your participation in DUI Court. If any of the three do not agree to it, you may not be eligible for DUI Court.
  • The following charging exceptions will preclude you from DUI Court:
  • You Have a current or prior violent or sex offense.
  • You have other pending felony charges.
  • You have been convicted of a felony.

Contact Information
Rita Wickham, DUI Court Coordinator
Email: rwickham@kcgov.us

P: (208) 446-1218
F: (208) 446-1224

Physical Address: Click here for map.
501 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
 

Mission Statement
This program was created to give drug-addicted offenders the opportunity to enter recovery and address their addiction . If you decide to enter this program or are entering as a condition of probation, it will mean a chance to regain your life, mend your relationships, and become a positive member of the community. This program will be hard and require your total commitment, but the time and effort will be well worth it in the end as you regain control over your life.
 

Phases

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Phase One

  • You will be drug tested at least ONCE per week on a random basis.
  • You must appear before the Judge when ordered, which will be TWICE MONTHLY.
  • You will verify that you attended at least THIRTY self-help (AA/NA) meetings within the first thirty days of the program.
  • You will meet with your probation officer at least FOUR times a month.
  • You will attend at least THREE group sessions per week and meet with your primary counselor for individual sessions.
  • You will complete a minimum of TWO days on the Sheriff's Labor Program or serve therapeutic community.
  • You will find an AA home group.
  • You will have employment, begin job search, or enroll in an educational program or be required to serve community service.
  • You will install Ignition Interlock immediately upon reinstatement of driver's license, for a minimum of sixty (60) days.
  • You will obtain a mental health evaluation, if requested by DUI Court staff.
  • You will attend the victims panel within 60 days of entry into the program.
  • You will prepare an orientation speech and present it in court.

Phase Two

  • You will be drug tested at least ONCE per week on a random basis.
  • You must appear before the Judge as scheduled.
  • You will verify that you attended at least TWO self-help (AA/NA) meetings a week.
  • You will meet with probation officer at least TWICE a month.
  • You will attend at least TWO group sessions per week and meet with your primary counselor for individual sessions.
  • At this point you may be eligible for a restricted license. Eligibility is determined by your commitment to this program. You will be required to have an iGnition Interlock installed on your vehicle for the duration of the restricted permit, you will also need to provide proof of insurance for the duration of your probation. If you have a commercial driver's license, you may suffer a one year suspension upon completion of the DUI Court Program.

Phase Three

  • You will be drug tested at least ONCE per week on a random basis.
  • You must appear before the Judge as scheduled.
  • You will verify that you attended at least TWO self-help (AA/NA) meetings a week.
  • Report to probation officer as scheduled.
  • You will attend at least ONE group sessions per week and meet with your primary counselor for individual sessions.

Phase Four

  • You will be drug tested at least ONCE a month on a random basis.
  • You must appear before the Judge as scheduled, possibly ONCE a month.
  • You will verify that you attended at least TWO self-help (AA/NA) meetings a week.
  • You will meet with your probation officer a minimum of ONCE a month.
  • You must have at least 180 current, continuous, clean/sober days not including Inpatient time to be considered for graduation.
  • You must complete an exit interview survey immediately upon graduating if ordered by the court.
  • You must prepare a graduation speech and present it in court.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What if I have a serious medical condition?

In general, if you have a serious medical condition you will not be excluded from DUI Court. You must be willing to fully disclose your condition and medical care to the treatment providers and DUI Court team. If you are taking a prescribed medication for your condition, you must continue to do so. Although we can be flexible and work around your condition, you must be able to engage in and complete treatment.

Can I use prescription medication?

As a general rule, DUI Court participants are expected to be drug free, including the unauthorized use of prescription medication.

If your doctor prescribes medication, you must bring in the prescription to your probation officer as well as the drug testing facility. You will then sign a release so that your probation officer can verify the prescription. While in DUI Court, you must use ONE doctor or ONE dentist and ONE pharmacy. We also require that you notify the medical professional of your addiction and that you request non-narcotic pain medications when a prescription is being recommended.

What happens once I am in the program?

You will be required to participate fully in the program to graduate from DUI Court. This will inlude random drug testing, court appearances, making payments, verifying self-help meetings, individual and group therapy, completing GED if ordered, as well as ongoing contact with your probation officer.

What if I want to travel outside of Kootenai County?

If you need to travel outside Kootenai County, you must first contact your probation officer to request permission to leave. As a condition of travel, the probation officer may require you to submit to a drug test prior to leaving and immediately upon return. Another condition may be that a treatment group not be missed. If a treatment group would be missed, further permission from your treatment provider would be required.

What sanctions are given?

If you do not comply with the treatment tasks, probation conditions, or do not attend mandatory meetings, the Judge will sanction your actions. Possible sanctions include but are not limited to:

  • Increased AA/NA meetings
  • Writing assignments
  • Return to prior phase
  • Increased drug testing
  • Electronic monitoring
  • Jail time
  • Sheriff's labor program
  • Community service hours

How do drug screens work?

You will be required to provide ongoing random urine samples to monitor your progress. A same-sex employee at the testing facility will supervise you when you give a specimen. Urinalysis reports are documented and available to the court. Any positive urine screens, dilutes, tampered samples or refusal to provide a sample may be grounds for sanctions from the judge.

Bring anything you are taking with you to your drug testing location. Poppy seeds are a concentrated form of opium and should not be eaten, Some "power drinks" contain pseudoephedrine and are not to be taken. Your recovery is important. Staying away from these items will not only give you clean tests, it will keep substances out of your system which may trigger old addictions.

You must be very careful not to ingest:

  • Alcohol
  • Poppy seeds in any form (muffins, breads, bagels, etc.)
  • Flushing Agents
  • "Natural" or herbal remedies
  • "Power" drinkds (Red Bull and others)
  • All over-the-counter medications (such as Nyquil and including sasal sprays) without prior approval from your probations officer
  • Metabolife or other over the counter diet aids
  • Controlled substances

What if I relapse?

You may relapse during this program, but that just means you have more work to do. It does not necessarily mean, however, that you will be terminated from the program. The DUI Court team understands that addiction is a devastating disease which consumes you. All we ask is that you are honest and tell us if it happens. That way the team can make sure the program is fitting your needs, or if you need something different or something more.

What are grounds for termination from DUI Court?

You will be terminated from DUI Court if you do not comply with the treatment. Although a relapse is not absolute grounds for termination, a continual inability to meet your treatment goals will result in expulsion. There are several grounds for possible termination. These include:

  • Possession of alcohol, drugs, or paraphernalia at your residence, in your car or on your person.
  • Attending a treatment group under the influence.
  • New charges, especially violent or sexual crimes
  • Corrupting or negatively influencing another DUI Court Participant.
  • Tampering with a UA sample, using the urine of someone else for your own, or allowing someone else to use your urine for their sample.
  • Any instance necessitating the issuance of a bench warrant.

What happens if I'm terminated from DUI Court?

If you are terminated from DUI Court you will not get a trial. When you opted in to DUI Court you waived your right to a trial and pled guilty. You will be sentenced on the original charge(s) by the DUI Court Judge. The DUI Court will have an OSC, admit/deny hearing, mitigation hearing and/or be heard before dismissal from the program.

What are my conditions of probation in DUI Court?

The standard conditions of probation in DUI Court are as follows.

  • Should I be terminated from the treatment program, I will be sentenced by the Court based upon my giulty plea that i entered to the crime(s) I am charged with.
  • Shall participate in and complete the DUI Court Personal Recovery Program as designed by my treatment provider to the satisfaction of the Court.
  • Shall not knowingly associate with persons using or possessing controlled substances and shall not associate with any person(s) the Court or probations officer specifically restricts me from associationg with.
  • Shall not work with any police agency on drug cases or cases where I may come into contact with controlled substances. I may voluntarily provide historical informaition to a police agency regarding my involvement with controlled substances.
  • Pay a non-refundable participation fee in an amount to be determined based on ability to pay, not to exceed $300.00 per month. Should I be terminated from the program for any reason, the participation fee and any unpaid treatment costs will still be due and owing.
  • Any failure of the treatment program (including but not limited to positive urinalysis tests, missing treatment, violation of release conditions, commission of a new crime) may result in modification of the treatment program, release conditions, revocations of my release, and/or termination from the program.
  • Seek and maintain employment or obtain employment counseling, complete high school or obtain a G.E.D. as directed by the Court. Must be employed fulltime or alternative as ordered by your probation officer.
  • Appear in court for any scheduled hearings regardless of my compliance with the treatment program.
  • Length of time of participation in the program is ordinarily 12 months, but the Court may extend the program to allow me additional time to successfully complete my program requirements.
  • Report any change of address and/or phone number to the Court and my treatment provider within 48 hours. I must get permission from my probation officer prior to moving.
  • Submit to random urinalysis testing at my own expense. Any unpaid tests at termination will still be due and owing.
  • Maintain regular contact with my attorney
  • Appear for all court dates, including a DUI Court first appearance
  • Remain in Kootenai County, except for employment, court, or family visitation purposes with permission of your Probation Officer. Permission must be obtained 5 days prior to leaving.
  • Commit no law violations.
  • Shall not possess or use a police band scanner.
  • Report all law enforcement contacts immediately to probation officer (ANY contact even if not arrested or cited).
  • Not use or possess any non-prescribed substance(s) or alcohol. All prescriptions must be shown to probation officer, treatment personnel and drug testing personnel immediately upon receipt.
  • If you have a current prescription, you must take any prescribed medications in the prescribed dosages at the prescribed times.
  • Not use or possess any substances intended to alter the results of a test of my blood, breath, or urine. All positive, adulterated or diluted UA's are considered to be positive.
  • Shall report to/be available for contact with probation officer, counselor, and treatment provider.
  • Shall not use, possess, or sell any illegal controlled substances or drug paraphernalia.
  • Shall obey all geographic restrictions set forth by the DUI Court Judge or probation officer.
  • Shall be prohibited from possessing a weapon or look-alike weapon or ammunition.
  • Consent to interviews in residence upon request of counselor, treatment provider or probation officer.
  • Shall not take any health supplements or herbal pills, powders, or "remedies." Only allowed one brand name over-the-counter daily multi-vitamin unless doctor prescribed. Also shall not consume any poppy seed products.
  • Cannot go to any local casino.
  • May not enter any establishments wherein the primary source of income is the dispensing of alcoholic beverages (NO BARS, LIQUOR STORES, OR TAVERNS).
  • Must live in Kootenai County.
  • Upon entry into the program, you will review each one of these conditions with your probation officer and initial each one.

Conclusion

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The DUI Court program has been developed to help you achieve stability in your life. The program is designed to promote self-sufficiency and to return you to the community as a productive and responsible citizen. The judge, probation officer, treatment provider, and community resources are present to guide and assist you, but the final responsibility is yours.

DUI Court Team Members

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  • DUI Court Judge: Pro-tem Scot Nass
    324 W Garden, Coeur d' Alene ID 83814 (208)446-1218

  • DUI Court deputy Public Defender
    Assigned on one-year rotational basis
    (208)446-1700

  • DUI Court Prosecuting Attorney - CDA City
    Roy Gowey
    (208)769-2323

  • DUI Court Prosecuting Attorney - Kootenai County
    Josh Studor
    (208)446-1800

  • Adult Misdemeanor Probation Officer:
    Mary Marano
    106E Dalton Ave., Coeur d' Alene ID 83814 (208)446-1991

  • Drug Court Treatment Providers:
    Alliance Family Services
    Angela Palmer
    1200 Ironwood Way Suite 101
    Coeur d' Alene ID 83815
    (208)667-8347

  • Restored Paths
    Jennifer Romero
    109 E Harrison Ave, Coeur d' Alene ID 83814
    (208)664-8347

  • Dirne Community Health Center
    1111 Ironwood Drive, Coeur d' Alene ID 83814 (208)666-2557

  • Global Drug Testing
    2201 Government Way Ste C, Coeur d' Alene ID 83814
    (208)664-6299 business line
    (208)664-2011 call-in line for drug testing (be sure that you are listening to the numbers for that day--call back later if the numbers have not been changed yet)
    Testing Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sat,Sun, & Holidays 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • DUI Court Coordinator: Rita Wickham
    500 Government Way Ste 400, Coeur d' Alene ID 83814 (208)446-1220
    Fax: (208)446-1224
    For the most current program information or forms, please contact the DUI Court Coordinator.


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Physical Address: 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814 Mailing Address: PO Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-9000
Main Phone Number: (208) 446-1000 Contact Us
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