DUI Recovery Court


Williamson County General Sessions

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Williamson County DUI Recovery Court offers treatment, supervision, and support for offenders who have been charged with a DUI 2nd, 3rd or 4th (on a case-by-case basis).  Additionally, persons having two or more pending DUI 1st charges, or individuals currently charged with a probation violation and who are on probation for a DUI offense, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

DUI Recovery Court serves as a constructive alternative for offenders with alcohol and drug abuse problems.  DUI Recovery Court has a graduated structure and follows specific guiding principles.  The program includes jail time with outpatient treatment and intensive probation.

Williamson County DUI Recovery Court is a team concept involving the Judge, District Attorney, Public Defender & Defense Bar, DUI Court Staff, Probation Officer, Law Enforcement, an Evaluator, and a Treatment Provider who all evaluate the individual’s progress at a weekly staff meeting.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently charged with a DUI offense in Williamson County
  • Currently charged with a DUI 2nd, 3rd, or 4th offense
  • Currently charged with two pending DUI 1st offenses
  • Currently charged with Violation of Probation while on probation for a DUI conviction
  • Current charge does not include a fatality or serious injury
  • No history of conviction for violent offenses
  • Meet criteria for moderate to severe substance use disorder
  • Voluntarily agree to participate in DUI Recovery Court

Application for DUI Court

Defense attorneys may make referrals by contacting the District Attorney.  Potential participants may obtain an application packet AFTER the candidate has been deemed eligible by the DA’s Office.  After which, the candidate will interview with Court staff, the Probation Supervisor, and the Treatment Provider for additional assessment.

For more information about how to receive an application packet: (615) 786-0167 or DUICourt@WilliamsonCounty-TN.gov

To complete the DUI Recovery Court program, a participant must:

  • Serve the required jail time as sentenced immediately after entering their plea
  • Wear a continuous alcohol monitoring device for a period determined by the Court
  • If approved, meet all requirements, including use of an ignition interlock device, to attain legal driving privileges
  • Attain or maintain full-time employment, or supplement with educational programs and/or community service
  • Identify a recovery mentor and attend three self-help meetings each week
  • Establish a history of program compliance through weekly meetings with the Presiding Judge, Court staff, and Treatment Provider
  • Complete a comprehensive behavioral health treatment plan that may include residential and/or intensive outpatient treatment as determined by an assessment
  • Submit to at least two screenings for alcohol and drug use each week and demonstrate a minimum of 120 consecutive days of sobriety leading up to completion date
  • Have a minimum of 120 days without any program violations
  • Fulfill all obligations of probation and pay all court costs relating to DUI charge in full
  • Complete all requirements of the program to the satisfaction of the Court

DUI Recovery Court’s Impact

Williamson County DUI Recovery Court gives those affected by substance use disorders an opportunity to change their life through recovery.  Those who successfully complete the program restore relationships with loved ones, bring an end to generational disorders, become positive, contributing members of our community, and increase public safety by not driving while impaired. 

  • 94% of all participants have successfully completed the program
  • More than 150 participants have graduated from the program
  • No participant has ever been re-arrested for DUI while in DUI Recovery Court

DUI Recovery Court receives no county funding.  It cost the Court $32 per day to provide services to a participant.  It cost taxpayers $85 per day to house an inmate in the Williamson County Jail, where nearly all participants would end up if the program did not exist.

Honorable Denise Andre

Honorable Denise Andre

Presiding Judge

Dale L. Evans

District Attorney's Office

David Howell

DUI Court Coordinator

DUI Recovery Court Offices
129 West Fowlkes Street
Rooms 116 - 118
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 786-0167

Williamson County DUI Recovery Court is funded by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.