Drug Court in New Jersey | What to Know

There are different types of courts for different crimes. For example, someone dependent upon drugs or alcohol who commits a crime may be charged in drug court. Drug court allows offenders to join a program that will help them with sobriety and other aspects of their lives. Read on to learn more about drug courts in New Jersey.

What is Drug Court?

Drug court is a special program for people who have a drug addiction and commit crimes. Non-violent offenders who have a moderate to severe substance use disorder are eligible.

How do I Know if I am Eligible?

In order to be considered to partake in the program, you will have to meet some specific requirements. These requirements include:

  • must benefit from treatment for drug or alcohol dependency
  • must have been dependent when the offense was committed
  • Must have been under the influence of committing the crime to support the dependency
  • Did not have a firearm in their possession during this crime or during any other crime
  • Must not be a danger to the community
  • Has not been convicted more than once of a crime
  • Has not been previously convicted or charged with a violent crime

What are the Requirements of the Program?

Some of the requirements you will have to meet during the program include:

  • Attending treatment
    • There are different types of treatment. For example, a participant can go to detox, outpatient treatment, or residential treatment. The level of treatment is based on the participant’s clinical needs for recovery. Drug testing is involved.
  • At the beginning of the program, participants will be ordered to attend court weekly. As the participant moves through the program, he or she will be able to attend court less often.
  • Participants are required to attend self-help meetings. For example, participants may become involved in alcoholics anonymous (AA) or narcotics anonymous (NA).
  • The drug court team will work with each participant to obtain and maintain employment, education, or both.
  • Many participants have their driver’s license returned or get a driver’s license for the first time when they enter the program.

If you are wondering whether you are eligible for drug court in New Jersey, contact our firm today. We are here to help you with all of your criminal law matters and make sure you get back on track.

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When someone is charged with a crime, they have a lot to consider. However, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, which is why we are here to help. No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Policastro today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.