Facing a Connecticut drug charge can be a very scary thing, because it may mean you have to pay fines, serve time and otherwise take accountability for your actions. In some cases, however, you may be able to take part in drug court as an alternative to having to serve time in jail or prison. Drug courts seek to help keep drug offenders from reentering the criminal justice system by helping them kick their drug addictions while still holding them accountable for their behavior.
According to the Connecticut General Assembly, whether you will be eligible for drug court will depend on certain factors, such as whether you have an existing criminal history and whether your crime involved violent behavior. If you are a nonviolent criminal offender and are able to determine that you are, in fact, eligible for drug court, it may benefit you to know what to expect from the program.
First, you can anticipate having to make regular appearances in front of a judge who can track your behavior and assess your progress. You must also consent to drug testing as part of your agreement to participate in a Connecticut drug court, and you also must agree to go, if directed, to a substance abuse treatment or detoxification program at the court’s discretion.
The court may, too, ask that you undergo some type of vocational or educational training during your time in drug court, which you must agree to if you wish to remain in the program. If you are able to enter and effectively complete drug court, you may find that it has a favorable impact on your criminal case.
This information about drug court is meant for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal advice.