Drug Courtis a diversionary program offered to non-violent offenders charged with a crimes that either involve drugs or stem from a drug habit. The mission of the drug court program is to assist defendants in overcoming alcohol and other drug dependencies while resolving related criminal charges. While Drug Court is a welcome alternative to incarceration, applicants need to understand that the drug court program involves intensive supervision that includes frequent drug testing, mandatory court appearances, curfew, AA / NA attendance and other requirements. Additionally, legislation from 2012 has made drug court mandatory for certain individuals. If you have been charged with a criminal felony offense by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office that involves drugs or is the product of a drug-addiction, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Proetta & Oliver. Our firm can be reached 24/7 by calling 609-850-8284.
What is Drug Courts in New Jersey?
Prospective drug court defendants come under the court’s supervision soon after arrest. After acceptance to drug court, participants begin a clinically-driven treatment program that generally lasts from twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) months. Participants are required to attend treatment sessions, undergo random urinalysis, meet regularly with probation officers and appear frequently before the drug court judge.
What are the Requirements for Drug Court in Burlington County NJ?
In Burlington County, Drug Court is typically employed on cases involving non-violent drug related offenses. If accepted, you can expect to spend anywhere from three (3) to five (5) years under the court’s supervision. Additionally, If you are admitted into Drug Court, you can expect to have to comply with the following:
Regular court appearances
Random drug testing
Detoxification (if necessary)
Residential programs (if needed)
Intensive outpatient programs
Individual and group counseling
12-step, self-help groups
Sanctions and incentives
Community service requirements
Mandatory Drug Court
A law was passed to require admission to the drug court program of otherwise eligible offenders regardless of whether they made a voluntary application. This was implemented in Burlington County in 2015. For more information on mandatory drug court and if it applies to you in your case, please call (609) 850-8284.
Burlington Township NJ Criminal Lawyers
To speak with an attorney about your criminal case, call (609) 850-8284. Firm Partner and Former NJ Deputy Attorney General, William C. Fay, IV, will listen to the facts of your case and help to explain what options exist for your going forward.
Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. We are available weekdays during business hours. We also meet with clients on evenings and weekends by request. We have four office locations conveniently located in Mount Laurel, Point Pleasant, Princeton and Middletown. All major credit cards are accepted.