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 Upon graduation, the guilty plea is withdrawn and the criminal charges are dismissed.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