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The 62B District Regional Sobriety Court offically began in March of 2015. We are now accepting applications.  This program focuses on individuals who have been arrested for at least a second offense drunk driving case, are high risks to repeat, and have been diagnosed with a moderate to severe addiction to alcohol. The Regional Sobriety Court program was developed in partnership with the local Kent County District Courts (62A-Wyoming; 63rd-Kent County; 59th-Grandville/Walker) as well as other courts within Michigan to provide an intensive program for individuals who live within Kent County.
The Case Manager/Court Coordinator for the 62B District Regional Sobriety Court is Andrea Zufelt. Andrea has been with the court since July of 2007 in various capacities of the court. Andrea granduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University in 2006 and became certified with the State of Michigan as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in 2014 through Western Michigan University.
Sobriety Court Facts (Source: www.dwicourts.org)
To date, it has been left to the traditional courts and criminal justice system to deal with DWI cases, and it has become clear that the traditional process is not working for hardcore DWI offenders. (Hardcore DWI offenders are defined as individuals who drive with a BAC of 0.15 percent or greater, or who are arrested for or convicted of driving while intoxicated after a prior driving while impaired (DWI) conviction.) Punishment, unaccompanied by treatment and accountability, is an ineffective deterrent for the hardcore offenders. The outcome for the offender is continued dependence on alcohol; for the community, continued peril. A proven strategy exists to fight these hardcore impaired drivers, generally called "DWI Courts" or "DWI/Drug Courts."
A DWI Court is an accountability court dedicated to changing the behavior of the hardcore offenders arrested for DWI. The goal of DWI Court or DWI/Drug Court is to protect public safety by using the highly successful Drug Court model that uses accountability and long-term treatment to address the root cause of impaired driving: alcohol and other substance abuse.
DWI Courts operate in a post-conviction model using intensive supervision and treatment to change the behavior of the person. DWI Courts use all the criminal justice stakeholders (judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, law enforcement, probation, and treatment) in a cooperative approach to change the offender's behavior.
62B District RDWI Sobriety Court Sessions 2017 (dates are subject to change). Any non-participant must sign a confidentiality agreement. Contact Andrea Zufelt at 616-554-0722.
Thursdays (4PM)                         Fridays (9am)
February 23, 2017                         February 24, 2017
March 9, 2017                                 March 10, 2017
March 23, 2017                               March 24, 2017
April 13, 2017                                  Apri 14, 2017
April 27, 2017                                  April 28, 2017
May 11, 2017                                   May 12, 2017  
May 25, 2017                                   May 26, 2017
June 8, 2017                                    June 9, 2017
June 22, 2017                                  June 23, 2017
July 13, 2017                                   July 14, 2017
July 27, 2017                                   July 28, 2017
August 3, 2017                                August 4, 2017
August 24, 2017                              August 25, 2017