Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Courts
Are you a candidate for Drug Court?
If you have a drug or alcohol dependency and if this addiction led to your current criminal charges, you may be a candidate for the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Drug Court. The Drug Court is a Court supervised drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. The duration of the program is a minimum of two years.
Usually, to be considered for Drug Court, your criminal charges must include:
Possession of a controlled substance;
Prescription drug offense; or
Criminal charges in which drug and/or alcohol addiction is a major factor
Some conditions will exclude you from the Drug Court. These conditions include:
Conviction of any violent offense;
Illegal alien status; or
Pending felony charges in another jurisdiction.
If you are accepted into Drug Court, you must admit your addiction and enter a negotiated guilty plea. You will be required to pay monthly fees, attend counseling, NA/AA meetings, and report to the Judge at least twice per month. If you complete the program, there is beneficial treatment of your criminal charges. If you fail to complete the program, you immediately begin serving the sentence you were given when you entered your plea. You may also enter this program as a negotiated plea in a probation revocation hearing.
If you have a drug and/or alcohol problem and would like to be recommended to the Drug Court Team for consideration for the Drug Court Program, please contact your attorney who will provide you additional information concerning this program. If you do not have an attorney, please contact the Public Defender’s office located in your county of residence.
Click here to download the Drug Court manual. For information on Juvenile Drug Court and Family Court, click here.
What is a Drug Court? Click here
For additional information on Drug Courts and addiction, click here.
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