It is clear that D.U.I related accidents (driving under the influence) are a highly destructive, and often preventable, occurrence in our society. In response to this, many states in the past decade or so have started to implement D.U.I court programs modeled after drug court programs. Florida, like many other states in the U.S., have multiple active D.U.I court program districts. As of this time, there are currently four active D.U.I. court programs in Florida. These D.U.I. court programs, like drug court, are designed to focus on and facilitate rehabilitative measures against offenders whom have multiple D.U.I offenses. Studies on this relatively new court program, in relation to lowering the recidivism rate on the program's participators, have mostly shown to be effective in lowering the recidivism rate and overall court costs. However, there have been studies that cast doubt on the overall effectiveness on the recidivism rate. There is also little to no amount of studies and data in regard to Florida's D.U.I. court programs. Although understudied, Florida D.U.I courts show equal potential as many other studied D.U.I. courts throughout the U.S. in effecting the recidivism rate of D.U.I. offenders. The intent of this thesis is to explore the feasibility and method of conducting research on the court program designs of each Florida's DU.I. courts, and the recidivism rate of those who successfully underwent the court programs. The present study evaluates the size, scope, and method of each of the potential DU.I. court program research methods on the currently active D.U.I. courts in Florida.

Thesis Completion




Thesis Chair/Advisor

Fiesta, Jason


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College of Health and Public Affairs


Legal Studies



Access Status

Campus Access

Length of Campus-only Access

5 years

Release Date