While the Hall and Dawson County courthouses both remain open at this time, you’re encouraged to conduct business over the phone and make an appointment before visiting. Please review our Hours of Operation and Contact Information. Prior to visiting either courthouse, however, please review the Order for Temporary Health Measures.



DUI Court



The Hall County DUI Court mission is to make offenders accountable for their actions, bringing about a behavioral change that reduces DUI recidivism and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs while raising the re-licensure rate for participants that complete the program; to protect the public; to treat the victims of DUI offenders in a fair, just way; and to educate the public as to the benefits of DUI courts for the communities that they serve.


Hall County DUI Court began in 2003 and is designed to coordinate substance abuse intervention with judicial support through an immediate sanctions and incentives process. Participant entry into the DUI Court is mandatory and charges are not reduced or dismissed upon successful completion of the program. One goal is to reduce the Driving Under the Influence recidivism through substance abuse intervention with immediate judicial review. Another goal of the DUI Court is to facilitate the re-licensure of participants in the program. The DUI Court is a partnership among State Court, the Solicitor’s Office, the defense bar, law enforcement, probation, and local, licensed substance abuse treatment providers.



Eligibility and Disqualification Criteria

Participation in Hall County DUI is mandatory for defendants meeting the following sentencing guidelines:

  • First DUI conviction in five years, second DUI conviction in seven years
  • First DUI conviction in five years, third lifetime conviction or more
  • Second DUI conviction in five years, second lifetime conviction or more
  • Third DUI conviction in five years, third lifetime conviction or more

Exemption from enrollment in DUI Court can only be granted by a judge. Participation in the program requires a minimum sentence of 24 months on probation and is a special condition of probation requirements. Participants must reside in Hall County, complete a Risk Reduction program, and complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and any recommended treatment.


Certain factors may exclude one from being eligible for the DUI Court program. These factors include:

  • A severe physical or mental handicap that would prevent program participation, though an appropriate referral must be made
  • Conviction of any felony violent offense or sexual offense
  • Illegal alien status
  • Felony firearm charges (an individual may reapply at a later date if charges are reduced)
  • Sex offenders
  • Individuals with any gang affiliation


Referral Information

Participation in the program requires a minimum sentence of 24 months on probation and is a special condition of probation requirements. It is not a voluntary program.



Court Calendar


You are required to be at court no later than 2:30pm for check-in. Any changes to court dates will be announced in court and posted at Treatment Services.

January 3 - Phases 1, 2 & 3
January 17 -
Phases 1 & 4
Graduation

February 14 - Phases 1, 2, & 3
February 28 - Phases 1 & 4
March 14 - Phases 1, 2 & 3
March 28 -
Phases 1 & 4
Graduation

April 11 - Phases 1, 2 & 3
April 25 - Phases 1 & 4
May 9 - Phases 1, 2 & 3
May 23 -
Phases 1 & 4
Graduation

June 6 - Phases 1, 2 & 3
June 27 - Phases 1 & 4
July 18 -
All Phases
Graduation

August 1 - Phase 1
August 15 - Phases 1, 2 & 3
August 29 - Phases 1 & 4
Sept 12 - Phases 1, 2 & 3
Sept 26 -
Phases 1 & 4
Graduation

Oct 10 - Phases 1, 2 & 3
Oct 24 - Phases 1 & 4
Nov 7 - Phases 1, 2 & 3
Nov 21 -
Phases 1 & 4
Graduation

Dec 5 - 1, 2 & 3
Dec 19 - 1 & 4


Testimonies

“I owe a lot of my sobriety and I owe a lot of who I am today to the DUI Court program.”

R.F.


Contact Us

Katie Bruner, Coordinator
Nathan Strong, Case Manager

Presiding Judge
Judge Larry A. Baldwin

Phone Number: 770-536-3837
Fax Number: 770-536-1023

Physical Address: 2318 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30504
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1435, Gainesville, GA 30503

Important Phone Numbers
Tom Csider, Defense Attorney: (678) 989-0555
Solicitor’s Office: (770) 531-7012
New Hope Counseling: (770) 539-9669
Drug Screen Line: (678) 261-5872
John Lucas, Probation Services: (678) 997-2403

Department of Driver Services