If you are facing drug-related criminal charges in the state of Maryland, you might think that jail or prison time is in your future. You may be right but, then again, you may not. Your legal counsel will work diligently to have your case dismissed, but if that is not an option, there may be something else they can help you fight for so that you can avoid spending time behind bars. What is that something else? Drug court.
What is drug court? What happens if you fail to finish the program? What does it take to qualify?
Drug court is…
The state understands that the majority of drug offenders are addicts. Addicts do not benefit from time in jail or prison. What they need is rehabilitation. That is what drug court is for.
If authorities move your case to drug court, it means that the court believes you will benefit from a treatment program. The program offered is not a walk in the park. It takes real work and commitment. It involves:
- Working with a rehab team
- Constant monitoring
- Random drug screenings
- Private and group therapy attendance
It is necessary that you complete the program if you wish to avoid having your case sent back to the criminal court system. If your case is sent back to criminal court, you could face a conviction and have to contend with a number of consequences, including incarceration and fines.
So, the difference between criminal proceedings and drug court is simply that in criminal proceedings, prosecutors will be fighting for legal justice rather than focusing on what is actually better for you in the long run.
Qualifying for drug court
Drug court is generally reserved for individuals who are non-violent, first-time offenders who are accused of possessing illegal drugs for personal use. Repeat offenders may qualify, but only to a certain point. Your legal counsel will have the ability to review the details of your case and let you know if drug court may be an option for you.
Do not let a drug charge ruin your whole life
A conviction on a drug charge can affect your life in a number of ways. You do not have to let it. You can choose to fight. You can choose to defend yourself. If drug court is an option for you, you can choose to participate fully, which could end up saving your life.