A Maryland drug charge may lead to jail time, hefty fines and other sanctions, some of which have the potential to upend your life. If you and your situation meet certain eligibility requirements, though, you may be able to gain entry into the Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court.
Per Montgomery County, the mission of the adult drug court is twofold. First, it seeks to hold you and other offenders accountable for your offenses. Second, it seeks to give you what you need to overcome your substance dependency.
Drug court in Montgomery County takes at least 20 months to complete. During this time, participants must attend recovery meetings, undergo intensive substance abuse treatment and make regular appearances before the court. If you gain entry into the program, you also must attend regular meetings with a case manager and live in court-approved housing for the duration of the program.
To gain entry into drug court in Montgomery County, you must be a county resident. You also need to meet additional criteria. In one scenario, you could be eligible for drug court if the Office of the State’s Attorney referred you there as part of a plea agreement.
Conversely, you may be able to enter the program if participation is a condition of you violating your probation. Under these circumstances, you must be a nonviolent offender. An assessment must have also shown that you have a substance dependency. You also must be capable of participating in and completing all drug court activities and programs.
The belief behind drug court is that, by giving you resources that help curb your addiction, the county may help reduce criminal behavior, which in turn enhances safety for all residents.