Drug Court Program
Third District Drug Court admits defendants charged with felony-level drug offenses. Drug Court is a minimum of 52 weeks with six months clean drug tests before completion. Drug Court provides a courtroom environment where a judge is actively involved in the progress of individual clients. Clients enter a guilty plea which is held in abeyance until successful completion of the program. Clients undergo treatment and counseling, make regular appearances before a judge, submit to frequent and random drug testing, and are monitored closely by case management staff and Unified Police Detectives.
Drug Courts are specially designed to achieve a reduction in recidivism and substance abuse among substance abusing offenders and to increase the offender’s likelihood of successful recovery through treatment, drug testing, supervision, and the use of appropriate sanctions and services. Graduated sanctions, including jail time, are imposed for program non-compliance. Upon graduation, the guilty plea is withdrawn and the criminal charges are dismissed.
Adults in Salt Lake County with Felony charges, and no history of violence, can be screened for the Drug Court program. Eligible defendants may be sent to Drug Court in lieu of as a sentencing alternative to the traditional justice system.
For a minimum of one year, participants are:
- Provided with intensive treatment and other services necessary to stay clean and sober.
- Held accountable by the Drug Court judge for meeting obligations to the court, society, themselves, and their families.
- Regularly and randomly tested for drug use.
- Required to appear in court frequently so that the judge may review progress.
- Rewarded for doing well or sanctioned when not complying with program requirements.