How do I enter Drug Court?

Step 1

To participate in Juvenile Drug Court youth can be referred by:

  • Their attorney
  • The judge
  • The probation officer or


Step 2

The Commonwealth’s Attorney reviews the case to approve the youth for assessment.

  • Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office - Frank LaRuffa or Erin Barr at 804-748-1341


Step 3

The potential candidate will be interviewed/assessed by the drug court probation officer and treatment clinician to determine appropriateness for the program.


Step 4

If accepted, a date to plead into the program will be set. If not accepted, the charge will continue to proceed through the traditional court process.

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1. Who is eligible for services?
2. What can drug court do for me?
3. What is required of me in Drug Court?
4. How long does Drug Court last?
5. How do I enter Drug Court?
6. Is there a cost to participate?
7. Can I attend a session of Drug Court?