ILLINOIS DRUG COURTS
The criminal justice system has long struggled with how to solve the problem of illegal drug abuse. For decades, drug users were treated as criminals and otherwise nonviolent offenders often found themselves facing lengthy prison sentences. The law has begun to back away from this all or nothing approach, however, most notably with the creation of drug courts. Drug courts are designed to help addicts get the treatment and help they need in an effort to avoid locking up nonviolent offenders.
At the law firm of Martin & Kent, L.L.C., our attorneys have a long history of providing criminal defense in cases involving drug charges. If drug court seems like the right option for you or a loved one, we can help you pursue this innovative avenue. For more information, contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation.
HOW DO DRUG COURTS WORK?
Drug courts are not separate from criminal court. Rather, they exist within the criminal justice system and they may be recommended for nonviolent drug offenders who are facing criminal charges. These courts funnel defendants into highly structured drug treatment programs. Defendants must agree to follow the strict regimen of the program, including attending required counseling sessions, submit to random drug tests and show up to scheduled court appearances. If a defendant completes all of the requirements of the drug court program, his or her sentence may be reduced or eliminated or the charges may even be dismissed altogether.
IS DRUG COURT RIGHT FOR ME?
Not everyone who is charged with a drug offense will qualify for the drug court program. If violence is a component of the criminal case against you, you will not be considered. If you have multiple drug arrests and convictions, you may also be denied entry into the program.
Even if you do not qualify for drug court or if you fail to complete the program, you can rely on our lawyers to build a strong defense against all criminal charges. We understand how to attack the prosecution’s case and we will fight to protect your rights every step of the way.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A DRUG CRIME, CONTACT OUR ATTORNEYS
No matter what charges you are facing, we can help you explore your options so you can make the most informed decision about how to proceed with your case. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation. With offices in Wheaton in DuPage County, we provide criminal defense services to individuals throughout DuPage County, Kane County and Cook County, Illinois.