People struggling with drug problems donít need prison ... they need help.
Luckily, Las Vegas courts offer "Drug Court" as an alternative to incarceration.
Nevada Drug Court is a rehabilitation program that lasts about a year. And not only does it keep you out of prison ... you wonít get a criminal conviction either.
Not everyone is eligible for Drug Court in Nevada. But our Las Vegas defense lawyers have been very successful in getting our clients admitted.
Keep reading to learn more about this Las Vegas drug diversion program and how we can help.
Nevada Drug Court is a rehab program used as an alternative to prison in some narcotics cases. Nevada began using Drug Courts in 1992, and thousands of people have since done it.
Drug Court allows you to go on with your normal life because you donít have to go to prison.
Completing drug court also means you wonít get a conviction on your criminal record. This will improve your chances of getting jobs in the future.
Drug Court in Nevada is a probation program that requires participants to do the following:
Las Vegas Drug Court usually lasts one year. But requirements may vary depending on the person and circumstances.
Your attorney will confer with the prosecutors and judge to take care of the technicalities. But the whole process under NRS 453.3363 goes like this:
Nevada Drug Court usually wonít admit (1) people with prior drug convictions and (2) people charged sales and trafficking related offenses. This program is also not meant for people who arenít true addicts.
You may not have to ...
Depending on your case the judge may allow you to do a drug education class instead of rehab. These classes are usually only eight hours.
Judges may punish non-compliance by throwing you out of Drug Court. This means that youíd be convicted of your original narcotics charge and probably then face custody time. But ...
In practice most judges give second chances and punish mistakes with any of the following:
Your drug case will be completely dismissed. In other words you wonít have a conviction.
There is usually a small graduation ceremony celebrating your finishing rehab.
Itís legal for you to deny that it ever happened in most circumstances (such as a job interview). But you do have to be truthful to professional licensing boards (such as for nursing or law).
Yes, there are six different drug court programs in Las Vegas. Each offers specialized support according to your age, gender, history and parental status:
This is the general drug court program for adults who have been arrested on felony drug charges.
This program is devoted to youths under eighteen who have been arrested for drugs in Nevada.
This helps parents whose substance abuse is causing them to abuse or neglect their children.
This program is open to women whose child custody is being threatened by their child abuse.
This is for non-custodial parents who are behind in their child support due partly to drug abuse.
This program is targeted for non-violent drug offenders who are currently in prison. Theyíre eligible to apply to this drug court within two years of their probation release.
If youíd like to explore doing Drug Court in Nevada, call 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673). Weíll set up a free meeting with our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys to discuss your options. Our goal is that by the end of your case both you and your criminal record will be clean.
For more information go to our articles on the Nevada crime of drug possession; the Nevada crime of unlawful drug use; the Nevada crime of drugs which may not be introduced into interstate commerce; PC 1000; and California Proposition 36.
If you or a loved one faces misdemeanor or felony charges, contact our Las Vegas NV criminal defense attorneys at (702) DEFENSE. We'd be glad to meet with you for a free consultation. We practice throughout Nevada, including Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno, Carson City, Boulder City, Mesquite and Laughlin.
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