May 21, 2019

Weld County DUI Court to Celebrate its First Graduation

The Weld County DUI Court in Greeley will celebrate its first graduation in a ceremony on Thursday, July 7, when two participants are slated to complete their obligations with the court.

Judge Michele Meyer will preside over the graduation ceremony, which is set for 11:30 am in Division 17. A reception will follow.

The problem-solving court opened over a year ago, in early 2010, with the mission to promote public safety by providing intensive court supervision and prompt treatment for qualifying DUI offenders. The court’s participants receive help in maintaining their sobriety through education, incentives, encouragement for individual responsibility, and sanctions for violations. Support comes from a network of agencies, including the Nineteenth Judicial District, District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, counseling and treatment providers, and private legal counsel. The program’s five phases of treatment take a minimum of eighteen months to complete.

The court currently has nineteen participants. Slated for graduation on Thursday are Alberto Herrera-Antuna, who was the first person accepted into the program on February 4, 2010, and William Bourassa.

More than sixty problem-solving courts are in operation in seventeen of Colorado’s twenty-two judicial districts. Problem-solving courts in the state include adult and juvenile drug courts, family/dependency and neglect courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental health courts, a veteran trauma court, and truancy courts.

The full press release from State Judicial regarding the DUI Court graduation can be found here.

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