If you are guilty of a drug charge such as sales, trafficking or possession, the legal ramifications can be devastating. Fortunately for residents of Georgia, you may have the option of attending the Drug Court to avoid a conviction on your record. This can mean the difference between serving years in jail or avoiding severe penalties altogether. We understand how the laws work when it comes to criminal offenses such as drug charges and can help explain your options.
As found on the website for the Council of Superior Court Judges, you may be eligible to attend Drug Court if your current criminal charges were a result of your drug or alcohol addiction. The program is essentially a court supervised rehabilitation program with a minimum duration of two years. You may be eligible for the program if your charges include any of the following:
- Criminal charges where alcohol or drug addiction is a main contributing factor
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Prescription drug offenses
Keep in mind, however, that not everyone is eligible for this program. People who have mental illnesses, violent offense convictions, or pending felony charges in another judicial area are not able to participate. Additionally, you must be a U.S. citizen to take advantage of the program.
If the courts accept you into the program, there are strict requirements that you must adhere to. In addition to monthly fees, you must attend AA or NA meetings twice a month. Completion of the program will see that you receive beneficial treatment when it comes to your criminal charges. Failure to complete the program, however, will require you to immediately serve any sentence the judge issued when you submitted your plea. For more information on this subject, please visit our page on drug charges.