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Recovery Court


Crimes related to the influence of drugs are a complex legal matter. It is not always clear if the individual's use of the drug was a large contributing factor to the motives behind the crime. This is especially true if the charged individual was caught in possession of the drug or was purchasing the drugs. If you have been convicted of a crime involving drugs, it is possible that your case can become a matter of Recovey Court (also known as Drug Court).


Recovery court is a special program for people who have a drug addiction and commit crimes. A participant comes to court and reports to probation. A participant also must attend treatment and be drug tested.


  • Regular urine testing
  • Rehabilitation treatments
  • Frequent court-ordered appearances
  • A minimum of 1 year's participation

At the end of the treatment, a judge and a treatment counselor will review the case for dismissal and their record may be expunged. If the charged individual has a history of convictions, violent crimes, trafficking, or selling typically the State Attorney will not approve the court transfer.

Am I eligible for Recovery Court?

Non-violent offenders who have a moderate to severe substance use disorder are eligible. A defendant's attorney will be able to tell the defendant if they are eligible. A substance abuse evaluator will do an assessment to decide clinical eligibility. The prosecutor will screen criminal history for legal eligibility.

How long does it take to complete Recovery Court?

Drug Court has four phases. The first phase has the most requirements for probation, treatment and court reporting. As the participant moves through the program, requirements decrease. A participant must meet all the goals before graduating. The program can be completed in two years.

Do I Get Treatment for My Addiction?

Yes.  Treatment is required in Recovery Court. A participant can go to detox, outpatient treatment, or residential treatment. The level of treatment is based on the participant's clinical needs for recovery.

How Often Do I go to court Once I'm in Recovery Court?

Lot's of times.  In the beginning, participants will attend court weekly. Court reporting lessens when a participant moves through the phases.

If I Graduate Recovery Court can I Have My Record Immediately Expunged?

Expungements are not given for all program participants. The attorney will tell the participant if he/ she is eligible.


If you are being charged with the possession or purchase of an illegal substance or any other drug crimes, it is not too late. Our attorney, David L. Pine, can help protect your future with aggressive representation and will preserve your rights in Recovery Court. We know the system you will be dealing with and we have the experience to get you the best possible results in your recovery court case.

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