Advantages of drug court

An arrest on a drug charge may lead to a personal upheaval. Whether this is your first arrest on any charge or not, facing legal repercussions can overwhelm anyone.

One option Texas courts may offer is drug court. This alternative allows the prison system to keep its population lower by allowing certain offenders the opportunity to complete a drug education and rehabilitation program. Your offense must meet specific guidelines, and you must complete the program to stay out of jail. Consider some of the advantages of this court-endorsed program.

Treating addiction instead of punishing it

Addiction is a growing issue across the globe. Opioid addiction is at an all-time high. Because it is one of the most addictive substances, even casual users become hooked quickly. Drug court aims to treat addiction instead of punishing those who struggle with it. The program varies depending on the criminal charge, but the basics include:

  • Counseling
  • Frequent contact with judicial representatives (probation officers, judges)
  • Drug testing

Defendants typically spend at least a year going through the program.

The number of repeat offenders drops

Since drug court became an option, the number of repeat offenders is declining. Data suggests that the methodology of treating addiction helps keep people out of subsequent criminal trouble. Families especially reap the benefits of this program, as parents who may otherwise spend time in jail can focus on treatment. Others who may have died due to an overdose are alive and well.

Drug court breaks a cycle

The intensive supervision mixed with face-to-face counseling and education is critical to the success of the program offered in drug court. People who start the process do not always finish for one reason or another and find themselves in jail. However, with an overall positive result, it appears the drug court diversion programs may help those on a path to incarceration.

To find out if your charge qualifies you for drug court, speak to an attorney. The more committed you are to kick your habit, the better your results for the program.

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