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Drug court as a possible alternative to jail or prison

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2021 | Criminal Defense

A North Carolina drug charge has the potential to lead to serious consequences. Depending on circumstances, you may have to pay fines, attend substance abuse treatment classes and even spend time behind bars, which may impact your ability to maintain a job and earn a living.

However, if you meet certain eligibility requirements, you may be able to enroll in an adult drug treatment court as an alternative to going to jail or prison. Compliance requirements vary somewhat from one drug court program to the next. However, most programs require that you attend substance abuse classes, submit to regular testing and make regular appearances in front of a drug court judge or administrator.

Reviewing drug court objectives

Drug courts have several objectives. They seek to hold you accountable for a drug offense, for starters. They also work to reduce recidivism and substance dependencies. They also seek to make participants healthy, law-abiding members of their communities.

Determining eligibility for drug court

Before you may enroll in a North Carolina drug court, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. First, you must be a non-violent offender and receive a diagnosis as either chemically dependent or borderline chemically dependent. You also need to meet legal eligibility requirements, meaning you need to face a specific type of criminal charge. Furthermore, you must be eligible for immediate punishment for any offenses you have pending. Finally, you must meet any other eligibility requirements your local drug court program may have.

Please contact our firm to find out more about whether drug court may be an option for you.