Under 21 DUI Diversion Program

Started in April 2000, the under-21 diversion program is an intervention program created by the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office for first-time, teen-aged offenders.

What are the program goals?

  • Address both illegal drinking and impaired driving through intervention.
  • Prevent repeat DUI offenses among defendants who successfully complete the program.
  • Increase citizen awareness of the under-21 DUI statutes.
  • Replace drunken driving myths with driving under the influence information.

How do I get into the program?

Defendants are referred to the program if they:

  • Are 16-20 years old at the time of the offense
  • Are driving in Jefferson County with a Blood Alcohol Concentration between .02 and .08
  • Have never been referred to the program before

What are the requirements to successfully complete the program?

  • Surrender their license and driving privilege for 30 to 120 days (at the discretion of the program director).
  • Attend a 4-hour victim impact awareness session at the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, which includes:
    • A presentation from the coroner’s office
    • A presentation from a police officer
    •  A testimonial from a victim or family member of a DUI victim
    • A tour of the morgue facilities and autopsy room
    • Testimonial from DUI defendants
  • Schedule and complete an alcohol/chemical use assessment at an approved agency
  • Complete the intervention recommended by the above assessment (minimum four education sessions) and pay $200 for the cost of the program
  • Pay $60 to the County Attorney’s Office for administrative costs of being in diversion
  • Complete 40-80 hours (at the discretion of the program director) of volunteer work at an approved agency
  • Attend 10 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings and write a summary of each meeting
  • Remain free of criminal charges while in the program

What are the benefits to participants?

Upon successful completion of the program, participants have a dramatically heightened awareness of the destructive potential of driving under the influence. For students who successfully complete the program, charges are usually dismissed and they may expunge their records.