In December of 2013, Buncombe County became the seventh North Carolina County to have a DWI Treatment Court. The mission of the Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court Program is to make streets safer by reducing repeat charges for Driving While Impaired. Participation in the Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court will be limited generally to individuals charges with a second or subsequent charge of Driving While Impaired and generally facing a Level 1 or Level 2 DWI Sentence. See WSPA News Story on the Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court.

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Getting into Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court

Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court is a voluntary program, meaning that a judge cannot require an individual to participate in the Treatment Court without their consent. No Driving While Impaired Cases are originally set for Treatment Court. Typically a case will proceed first through Buncombe County Administrative Court and next move to a regular day court session before finally ending up in Treatment Court. To get into Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court, an individual must fill out an application for the treatment court and meet the eligibility requirements for the court. It would be best to discuss your eligibility for DWI Treatment Court and do a cost / benefit analysis of proceeding with the program with your attorney.

Treatment Court Requirements

Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court is currently a 13 month program, composed of four phases or stages:

Phase 1: Assessment and Beginning Treatment Phase – 90 day minimum / 30 consecutive days of sobriety to advance to phase 2.

  • Attend bi-monthly sessions of DWITC and remain for the entire session
  • Complete 72 hours in custody prior to beginning the program if Level 1.
  • Submit to random home visits.
  • Submit to a minimum of 3 drugs screens per week with Probation or treatment provider.
  • Attend office visit weekly or as instructed with the DWITC Coordinator.
  • Abide by 6pm curfew.
  • Attend and participate in all treatment sessions as clinically recommended.
  • Attend a minimum of 5 community recovery meetings per week on 4 separate days.
  • Obtain/maintain housing deemed suitable by DWITC Team.
  • Enroll in Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (CAM) as directed.

Phase 2: Active Treatment Phase – 180 day minimum/60 consecutive days of sobriety to advance to Phase 3.

  • Attend bi-monthly sessions of DWITC and remain for the entire session.
  • Submit to random home visits.
  • Submit to minimum of 3 drug screens per week with Probation or treatment provider.
  • Weekly contact with DWITC Coordinator.
  • Attend and participate in all treatment sessions as clinically recommended.
  • Attend a minimum of 4 community recovery meetings per week on 4 separate days.
  • Obtain/maintain employment or continue education.
  • Maintain housing deemed suitable by DWITC Team.
  • Abide by a 10pm curfew for first 90 days of Phase 2.
  • Develop regular payment schedule of fines and court fees.

Phase 3: Maintenance Phase – 90 day minimum/90 consecutive days of sobriety to advance to Phase 4.

  • Attend bi-monthly sessions of DWITC with the privilege of leaving after court appearance.
  • Submit to a minimum of 2 drug screens per week with Probation or treatment provider.
  • Submit to random home visits.
  • Attend office visits as directed by Probation.
  • Maintain weekly phone contact and office visits as directed with DWITC Coordinator.
  • Attend and participate in all treatment sessions as clinically recommended.
  • Attend a minimum of 3 community recovery meetings per week on 3 separate days.
  • Maintain employment or educational program.
  • Maintain regular payment schedule of fines and court fees.
  • Maintain stable housing.

Phase 4: Aftercare Phase – 30 day minimum or until graduation/sobrieyy for entirety of Phase. Excused from court sessions/eligible for Graduation.

  • Submit to random drug screens as directed until graduation.
  • Submit to office visits and telephone check-ins as directed by the DWITC Coordinator.
  • Attend a minimum of 3 community recovery meetings per week on 3 separate days.
  • Meet with Probation Officer as directed.
  • Complete payment of fines and court fees.
  • Complete all projects and relapse plan.
  • Complete exit interview.

Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court Documents

▪ Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court Participant Handbook

▪ BCDWITC Frequently Asked Questions

▪ Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court Brochure

▪ Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court Program Manual

Contact Us

For more information about the Buncombe County DWI Treatment Court please feel free to contact our office.

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