October 12, 2020
Are you facing jail time because of a non-violent felony related to substance use? You may qualify for the Marion County Drug Treatment Court.
Individuals who successfully complete this comprehensive rehabilitation program may be eligible for sentence reduction or dismissal.
You can ask your attorney to refer you for this program if you live in Marion County. You must be at least 18 years old without a history of violent offenses or convictions involving drug delivery. You must also be free of outstanding charges in other counties.
After referral, program staff and the deputy prosecutor will review mental health and substance use screening criteria to decide if you qualify.
Drug Court Requirements
If the county admits you to this diversion program, they will appoint you a case manager who will guide you through the requirements. The three-phase program lasts about 12 months, during which you must comply with drug screening, treatment and rehabilitation. You must also pay all required fees and restitution as ordered by the court. During the program, you will receive employment and housing resources. You must either create and begin to implement a plan for your educational and professional goals or continue to maintain gainful employment.
Phases of this program include:
- Recovery and Responsibility to Self
- Maintenance of Recovery and Responsibility to Others
- Maintenance of Recovery and Responsibility to Self and Others
As you move through each phase, you graduate from weekly to monthly court visits and therapy sessions. The county will dismiss your felony drug charges upon successful graduation from Marion County Drug Treatment Court.