The mission of the Walworth County OWI Court (WCOC) is to enhance public
safety and reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths and injuries
in Walworth County. By
effectively partnering with government agencies and community resources, the
WCOC will focus on the habitual problem of repeat OWI offenders.
The WCOC is a four phase
intervention program for adults who have pled guilty to an OWI 3rd or OWI 4th
offense and who are having difficulty staying clean and sober. It is a
collaborative effort between the circuit court, the prosecutor's office,
defense attorneys, the probation department, community agencies, police
agencies, case management, and treatment programs. By working together, the
team seeks to provide a variety of programs and consistent supervision
geared toward supporting and helping you maintain a drug and alcohol free
The WCOC involves frequent
court appearances, random drug and alcohol testing as well as group and
individual counseling. The Court awards incentives for compliant behavior
and imposes sanctions for negative behavior. Participants who do not comply
with the rules may be placed in short-term custody, have phase advancement
delayed or face a variety of other sanctions. They may also be terminated
from the program. All of the staff working with the program will assist you
to be sure you understand what is expected of you.
THE OWI COURT TEAM
The WCOC Judge will make all
decisions regarding your participation in the WCOC with input from the WCOC
Team. In addition to the Judge, the Team consists of the following members:
Defense Attorney –
Role is to protect the rights of the defendant.
Prosecuting Attorney –
Assists in reviewing cases for eligibility for program.
Probation Agent –
Provides direct supervision of participants.
Treatment Provider –
Responsible for educating the participants and helping them
deal with alcohol/drug
OWI Coordinator –
Conduct screenings for new participants.
Law Enforcement Representative
Higher Education Representative
Incentives to participate in the WCOW program include:
Access to quality
complete GED through partnership with Gateway Technical
Participants are subject to WCOC guidelines
regarding plea and sentencing as enforced by the District Attorney’s Office.
All participants entering the program are required to sign and abide
by the program Participant Agreement and the Consent for Disclosure of
Confidential substance abuse information. The participant and representing
attorney, if applicable, will sign the agreement at the time of sentence.
Be an adult,
Walworth County resident.
Be a legal
resident of the United States of America as demonstrated by
certificate, or green card.
Have a pattern of
serious substance abuse.
Have been arrested
of OWI 3rd or 4th offense.
Not currently be
taking psychotropic medication for any severe
mental illness that
would interfere with participation in the treatment program.
Have no charges
relating to a crash involving homicide or serious bodily injury.
Have no prior
serious violent offenses.
Have no record of
any felony weapons violations.
Have no criminal
cases pending in another jurisdiction.
Be able to read
at least at sixth grade level.
This may be demonstrated
educational attainment or skills demonstration.
Apply in writing
by completing the program application form.
For more information, please contact your attorney or Katie Behl, OWI
The first step to acceptance into the WCOC is to schedule a screening
and determine your eligibility. Please contact the OWI Court
Coordinator at 262-741-7039.
Victim Impact Panel Information
OWI Court Pamphlet