Drug addiction is a disease that affects many people in the state of Colorado. People that are addicted to drugs often find themselves facing criminal charges for drug possession, driving under the influence, or drug distribution. The state often sentences these individuals to do time behind bars instead of getting them the help they need to overcome their addiction. But, that may change for some drug offenders thanks to Denver’s drug court.
What is Denver’s Drug Court?
The drug court is a specialized court that focuses on treating and rehabilitating drug offenders so they can improve the quality of their lives and avoid a life of crime.
Who is Eligible For Drug Court?
Being charged with a drug crime does not mean that you will automatically qualify for drug court. Defendants are only eligible if this is their first drug offense and they are being charged for possession of a small amount of drugs. However, the District Attorney’s office will have the final say as to who should be included. This means the DA has the right to exclude someone who meets these qualifications and include someone who doesn’t.
How Does Drug Court Work?
The defendant will be placed under supervision of the drug court after sentencing. Then, the defendant will be required to complete three separate phases of the drug program before he officially graduates. Each phase has a different set of rules that must be followed or the defendant will face penalties. For example, participants are expected to enroll in a treatment program and submit to 8-10 urine drug tests per month in phase one. There are many different treatment options to choose from, including group therapy sessions, inpatient and outpatient treatment, and support groups. In phase two, some of the rules include completing community service, submitting to fewer urine tests per month, and attending all hearings in court.
The duration of each phase depends on the participant’s progress. In order to move to the next phase, the participant has to meet certain requirements. Moving from phase two to three requires having 90 consecutive days of clean urine screens, for instance. After the three phases are complete, the participant graduates from the program and receives a certificate that recognizes this accomplishment.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, the criminal defense attorneys at Reisch Law Firm will help you understand all of your legal options. For some defendants, participating in this drug program is the best choice. If it’s right for you, we will work tirelessly to ensure you are chosen to enroll. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.