Kootenai County has assigned a probation officer to specifically handle the majority of referred DUI
cases. Most of our DUI cases are repeat offenders, or those with blood alcohol levels above .20 Emphasis
is placed on sobriety, adherence to driving restrictions, and quality treatment.
Both DUI Probation and DUI Court Probation are funded primarily through a federal grant administered by
the Idaho Transportation Department, Office of Highway Safety.
When DUI Court began in 2000, our office began supervising those offenders in addition to the regular
DUI probationers. DUI Court runs parallel to Drug Court in philosophy and procedures, in that the offender
not only meets regularly with a probation officer, but also with a DUI Court Judge. Accountability is
maximized in such an approach.
The first objective of both DUI Probation and DUI Court is to reduce the overall rate of impaired driving
accidents and violations by providing intensive supervision and accountability to participants in Kootenai
County's DUI Court Program. Secondarily, it is to augment Kootenai County's DUI Court Program by providing
supervision to participants and to ensure compliance with Court terms so that both short and long-term responsible
behavior patterns related to drinking alcohol occur.