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303 North Church Street • Suite 101 • Murfreesboro, TN 37130 • Phone: (615) 217-7124 • Fax: (615) 217-7127

Contact Us:

303 North Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: (615) 217-7124
Fax: (615) 217-7127

Eligibility Criteria for the DUI Court Program

The initial screening criteria includes the following:

  • Must be a non-violent offender - No Motor Vehicle Assault or Motor Vehicle Homicide

  • Must have a primary diagnosis of alcohol dependency

  • Must be a resident of Rutherford or Cannon County

  • Must be 2ndor 3rd DUI Offense or a 4th  DUI on a case by case basis

  • Offender must voluntarily agree to participate

  • Must be potential agreement among sentencing judge, District Attorney’s office and Counsel for the accused that DUI Court would be an appropriate option.

  • Cannot have a hold or pending criminal charge from another jurisdiction

  • Cannot be acutely mentally ill or suicidal

Therapy and Group Information

The treatment component of the DUI program focuses on alcohol and drug education and addressing issues that could interfere with the recovery process. During Phase I participants attend Early Recovery Group (focused on understanding addictive disease and identifying personal triggers for use), Relapse Prevention Group (developing coping and relapse prevention skills) and Steps Group (personalizing spirituality and the recovery process). Phase II includes Relapse Prevention and MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy) which is designed to elevate the participant’s moral reasoning and promote positive behavioral growth. In Phase III participants attend the Emotions Group which focuses on understanding the eight core emotions and learning to express those emotions in healthier ways. Throughout the program, participants are required to attend recovery support meetings such as AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery, etc. in order to develop a strong support system for on-going sobriety. Family members are encouraged to participate in group and/or individual sessions. The primary goals of the DUI Court Program are to help restore the participant to a healthy, more productive life and to protect the community by reducing the potential for impaired driving.



American University - Justice Programs Office

Bureau of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Justice Programs

Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals

Davidson County Drug Court

Office of Criminal Justice Programs for Tennessee

National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Drug Court Institute

National Drug Control Policy

Rutherford County Seal