7 complete DWI treatment court program

Presiding Judge Alberto C. Lamorena III said the program is no ‘get-out-of-jail-free card’ but an intensive treatment program with much judicial supervision.

The Judiciary of Guam has announced that seven people have successfully completed the Driving While Impaired (DWI) Treatment Court Program.

The group was honored in a graduation ceremony held at the Guam Judicial Center.

“We used a team approach to hold you accountable for your own sobriety and transformation,” said Presiding Judge Alberto C. Lamorena III. “This was no ‘get-out-of-jail-free card’ for you-this was an intensive treatment program with much judicial supervision that we are proud of for you for completing in the DWI Treatment Court.”

Piloted in 2010 and formally adopted by public law in 2018, the DWI Treatment Court Program works to reduce recidivism for medium and high-risk offenders, through the implementation of therapeutic treatment for addiction and rehabilitation.

The number of graduates of the DWI Treatment Court has reached 16 in the first full year of operation. The Program has accepted adult male and female participants that have been identified as medium/high risk and high need alcohol-dependent offenders, who may have co-occurring disorders and are either first time or repeat DWI violators with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) at 0.15 and higher.

There are 74 individuals currently participating in the DWI Treatment Court Program.

“Your families and employers should be commended for their support of you in this important program,” said Presiding Judge Lamorena. “In the days, weeks, months and years ahead we all are hopeful that you can give back to those in the program today and help them to stay sober and productive.”

The seven participants had their cases dismissed and expunged to conclude the graduation ceremony. Each graduate received a certificate, special wood carved latte stone and silver coin courtesy of the Guam Chamber of Commerce.