Drug Court

Eligibility

Drug Court is a treatment alternative to incarceration for adult offenders with a substance abuse disorder before the Chesterfield County and City of Colonial Heights Circuit Courts. The program lasts at least 18 months and typically requires a longer period for successful completion. It is an intensive program that achieves positive results for motivated drug abusers.

Drug abusers charged with a non-violent felony and who have never been convicted of a violent crime or drug distribution may be eligible to participate. The charge does not need to be a drug violation. If the person successfully completes the program, the charge or charges will be dismissed. However, failure to successfully complete the program will result in a felony conviction and at least six months in jail, and possibly more. This is true even where the sentencing guidelines may have called for probation without incarceration. Also, violating conditions of the program will lead to sanctions that may include incarceration before being terminated as unsuccessful.

Participants are required to complete intensive, community-based, treatment services under the direction of a team of professionals from the Commonwealth 's Attorney's Office, Community Corrections Services, defense/public defender's office, the judiciary, Mental Health Support Services and the Police Department.

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