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Allen County OWI court first in Indiana to be certified

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Allen Circuit Court’s Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Court has become the first of its kind in the state to receive full certification.

The court program, located in Fort Wayne, was given provisional certification by the Indiana Supreme Court in July 2020, allowing it to accept participants charged with drunken driving as a felony, The Journal Gazette reported.

The problem-solving court later received a conditional certification in March from the Indiana Office of Court Services so it could continue services until it received a final on-site review this past week.

Participants entering the OVWI court are supervised by the Allen County Probation Department and other partnering local agencies. Problem-solving courts provide participants with various services — including medication-assisted treatment, substance-use disorder treatment, safe and sober housing and cognitive-behavioral therapy programs — in hopes of lessening charges for those who are successful, according to the court.

The court has so far had 107 participants.

Participants who are successful with the 30-month program can have their felony charges reduced to misdemeanor charges or dismissed entirely.

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Steven Brace September 7, 2021 at 9:17 am

Drunk drivers are a danger to all. My father was killed by a drunk driver. Anyone who drinks and drives knows that it is wrong and they should not do it. However for some it is an addition that they can not break. If this system gives someone a change to break the addiction before they hurt someone we should support this effort. More power to the Allen county court system to work out a potentially better way to help individuals with this problem.

brettt September 7, 2021 at 10:03 am

I’m glad that Indiana’s courts have the ability to perform this successful program. Coupled with the actual OVWI events, this 30 month program has got to be a sobering experience.


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