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Maricopa County's Drug Court Program

Are you facing drug possession charges in Phoenix or anywhere else in Maricopa County? If so, you may be interested in Maricopa County Adult Probation’s Drug Court Program, which, according to the Judicial Branch of Arizona, Maricopa County, is a “post-sentencing court that uses non-traditional methods” to address substance abuse.

Extensive research over the years has made it clear that substance abuse and crime are closely connected. For example, substance abuse is often associated with domestic violence, homicide, assault, prostitution, and theft-related crimes. In an effort to address the root of the problem (substance abuse and addiction), Drug Court aims to educate offenders and treat their drug addiction.

The goal of Drug Court is to help offenders change their habits and live drug-free lives. This way, they can stay away from criminal behavior and become upstanding citizens of the communities where they live. Drug Court utilizes a “team approach,” where the offender is assisted by a number of individuals, such as the prosecutor, the judge, their defense attorney, and a treatment counselor – all of whom want to see the offender rehabilitated.

What Does Drug Court Involve?

Drug Court focuses on education, treatment, and getting the offender to be accountable for their actions. Drug Court also involves the following:

  • Drug education
  • Counseling
  • Payment of fees
  • Urinalysis testing (drug testing)
  • Participation in a support group
  • Frequent contact with the court
  • Meeting with a probation officer

In order to qualify for Drug Court, the offender must be guilty of drug possession or drug use, they cannot be guilty of selling drugs. The offender cannot have a violent crime history and they cannot be on methadone maintenance.

If an offender (probationer) does will with Drug Court and he or she complies with all of their terms and conditions, the probationer may earn early termination and misdemeanor designation (where applicable) in as little as 12 months.

To learn more about Drug Court and fighting your drug charges, contact our office to schedule a free consultation with a Phoenix drug attorney!