What is drug court?

As someone facing drug charges in West Virginia, Scott C. Brown Law Office can help guide you through the different legal options that are available to you. For example, going to drug court might be worth looking into. But what is drug court, exactly?

The first thing to know is that drug court is an option that's only available to first time offenders. If you've never faced a drug-related conviction prior to your current case, you are eligible.

So what is it? In short, drug court involves entering a guilty plea in exchange for the eventual erasure of the charges you face. However, there are several things you need to accomplish before those charges are dropped. First, you must attend classes designed to educate and help those struggling with addiction. Completing this program successfully is mandatory.

Second, you will need to submit to drug testing throughout the program. There is no set schedule for these drug tests. They will occur randomly, and the number of times they happen is also kept secret. The aspects of randomization help ensure that no drugs are being taken at any point.

Thirdly, you may not be arrested for other drug-related crimes during the probation period. If you're able to accomplish all three of these things, then the charges against you will be dropped once you complete the program.

Dealing with drug charges in any way will impact your life, regardless of what charge you're up against. For this reason, you may benefit from looking into all of your legal options.

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