What do I need to know about New Jersey’s drug court?

Being charged with a crime in New Jersey can have serious consequences. No matter the charge, it is important that individuals understand the severity of the crime and their options in developing a successful defense. In New Jersey, individuals charged with non-violent crimes and are drug addicted may be eligible for the Drug Court program in lieu of other more serious penalties.

Drug court is a program that has proven to be quite successful in assisting drug-addicted offenders get treatment and live a sober lifestyle as well as addressing their criminal charges. Individuals who participate in the drug court program will undergo intensive probation supervision for up to 5 years. During that time, offenders will be placed in an appropriate treatment program which may be inpatient or outpatient. Drug court participants will also be required to submit to urine monitoring, obtain gainful employment, appear for weekly drug court sessions, and transition into independent and sober living. During participants’ drug court appearances, they will discuss their progress with the drug court judge. Those participants who are proceeding successfully in the program will receive the court’s praise and encouragement. The judge will also address any violations or infractions and impose penalties, which can include jail time. Those who consistently violate their drug court obligations can be removed from the program and sentenced to state prison. Individuals who graduate from the drug court program may be eligible to have their entire criminal record expunged.

A drug court graduate leaves the program with the tools and skills to live a sober, crime-free lifestyle as a productive member of the community.

If you have been charged with a crime and want to know whether you may be eligible to participate in New Jersey’s drug court, it is important to contact an experienced attorney. Rem Katcher Law Group is here to help. Contact us today.