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graduation, the guilty plea is withdrawn and the criminal charges are
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: