Facing drug charges in Illinois can disrupt your life as you know it. Chances are, the addiction that led to the drug charge has already caused you considerable turmoil. At the law office of Nick Kujawa, we often help clients who are eligible for the drug court program to avoid prison and get the treatment they need.
What is the drug court program? According to the Illinois General Assembly, it is an intervention process that is supervised by the courts, and it involves participating in substance abuse treatment provided by an approved treatment provider. The purpose of the program is to reduce addiction and substance use in the community and decrease the incidence of criminal activity related to drug use.
If you are eligible for drug court, you will have a team of people supporting you in your journey. These typically include the following:
- The judge, prosecutor and defense attorney
- The treatment provider
- The probation officer
- The coordinator
- The peer recovery coach
The first qualification you must meet is a willingness to participate in the program. You have to enter it voluntarily, and you have to admit to your drug use or addiction. The prosecutor may agree to allow you to enter the program if you face felony charges for violating one of the following laws:
- Illinois Controlled Substances Act
- Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act
- Cannabis Control Act
However, if you have a conviction for a crime of violence at any time in the past 10 years, you will not be eligible. More information about drug charges and alternative options to jail is available on our webpage.