New Jersey is much like every other state in the U.S. in that it has drug courts in many of its cities.
Judicial officials operate these alternative court systems for many reasons. Proponents say that these programs can help people with drug abuse problems get treatment and recover from their addictions, reduce the number of incarcerations, help limit recidivism and keep families intact. Ultimately, they can let people whose addictions led to criminal actions move with their lives in a positive way.
You may find it of some relief to learn that there’s a drug court system here in Jersey City.
Who is eligible for participation in drug court?
Any non-violent defendant struggling with a moderate to severe drug dependency may be eligible for participation in drug court. Whether an offender qualifies for admittance to this program is contingent upon how well they perform on their substance abuse assessment with a drug counselor and the prosecution’s review of their criminal record.
How does drug court work?
Participants in drug court can expect to enter a plea in their case before initiating substance abuse treatment. While many defendants can expect the judge presiding over their case to dismiss their charges provided they meet all the participation requirements set by the court, that’s not a guarantee. Defendants must discuss their case’s unique circumstances with their attorney and court officials to see if this condition applies to their case.
If permitted into the program, defendants can expect regular, random drug testing, individual and group counseling, and mandatory attendance at self-help meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Offenders may also receive job, education and life skills training as part of this program.
Are you eligible for participation in drug court?
Remember that not everyone qualifies to participate in drug court. An attorney can aid you in assessing whether you might. Your lawyer can advocate for your participation if it seems like drug court would be a good fit for you.