Sobriety Court

What is Sobriety Court?

Sobriety Court is a program that provides specialized treatment and supervision services specific to OWI offenders, given that arrest data clearly indicates there is a need for the program.

Who is eligible for the Recovery Court? 

  •  Must be a Van Buren County resident, or a resident of a county contiguous to Van Buren County and have his/her principal place of full-time employment in Van Buren County
  • Must be a US Citizen or qualified alien
  • Pattern of substance abuse or dependency
  • All defendants who request entrance into sobriety court must be charged with a misdemeanor or felony OWI 2nd or OWI 3rd offense.  Defendants who plead guilty to an OWI 1st with extenuating circumstances (i.e. high BAC or previous OWI 7 years or older) will be considered. 
  • Must be a non-violent offender

What is the structure of Sobriety Court?

The program consists of five stages. The minimum length of stay sobriety court is 12 months.

Why participate in Sobriety Court?

  • Effective substance abuse treatment
  • Eligibility for a restricted driver's license

How do I get started?

The program will be a voluntary, post-conviction program.  If a participant decides to participate, they will have to plead guilty to their crime and agree to participate in the program and treatment.

Attorneys or potential participants must fill out an application screening form and submit it to the prosecutor's office for review. If the candidate passes the legal screening, the prosecutor's office will notify the Case Manager, who will then schedule and interview with the potential participant.

Who should I contact with questions?

Questions may be directed to:

Rachel Lindley

Specialty Court Administrator

(269) 657-8200 extension 2478

Lindleyr@vbco.org