You have had a long struggle with drugs — maybe decades. Now, your past is catching up to you because you are facing felony charges related to your addiction.
You realize that you could be going away for quite a long time if you get convicted on all counts. You understand that your options are quite limited. Should you try to get into drug court?
Understand you are making a strong commitment
Your motivation to stay out of prison is strong. But you also must realize that entering drug court requires a solid commitment to maintaining a sober lifestyle. You really must have your head in the game to make it work or you will wind up behind bars after all.
Drug court operates out of New Haven
A special legislative session created the New Haven drug court. Not everyone charged with a drug offense will be eligible to participate in the program. Defendants with crimes of violence on their rap sheets are excluded. Referrals to drug court can be made by the criminal defense attorney, prosecutor, judge, Intake, Assessment, and Referral (IAR) Specialist or a supervisory officer.
How long does drug court last?
Most programs run 12 to 15 months, with the defendants willingly participating in treatment, detox, court appearances and sobriety meetings like NA and AA. Failing to follow through with the program can result in judicial action and incarceration.
Discuss your legal options with your criminal defense attorney
If you want to commit to drug court, approach your defense attorney with the idea. They can help you better determine whether you would be a viable candidate for the program.