Many defendants facing drug charges got into their position only because they are addicts themselves. In fact, it can be very difficult for an addicted person to stay out of the criminal justice system unless they get help for their addiction.
In New Jersey, defendants who have an addiction to a controlled substance might be able to turn to Recovery Court. This program is also known as Drug Court. It strives to help defendants address their substance-abuse issues so they can overcome the underlying problem that could otherwise lead to recidivism.
What is Recovery Court?
Recovery Court is intensive rehabilitation that’s overseen by a probation officer under the directive of the court. Participants take a proactive approach to address their addiction. This includes going through drug rehabilitation and having random drug tests to monitor them. But the program is much more than that: It’s also a way to create a better future.
Participants have the opportunity to participate in educational programs and job training to help them gain the skills they need to be able to support themselves. Recovery Court also includes a significant support system to help participants learn how to live a sober and law-abiding life.
Recovery Court has specific requirements for admission and graduation. Upon completion of the program, some individuals are eligible for the expungement of their criminal records.
Do you have questions about Recovery Court?
If you have questions about how Recovery Court works, speak to an attorney who understands it. Do this early in your case so you can plan your defense strategy accordingly.