This six-month program holds certain first-time misdemeanor drug and alcohol offenders accountable, provides information and counseling about the risks of alcohol and drug use and provides tools necessary to prevent them from becoming repeat offenders or addicts. Successful completion of this program allows offenders to immediately clear their record. By comparison, offenders who successfully complete court supervision must wait two years before they can apply to clear their record.
Application processA judge, state's attorney, defense attorney or police department may make a referral. A referral generally is made within 60 days after charges are filed. Once a referral is made, the offender will pay a $50 application fee, and then complete the application with a case manager, who will screen the application for eligibility and make a recommendation for acceptance or rejection. After the interview, a recommendation is made to the state's attorney. If approved, the defendant must sign an agreement that includes accepting responsibility for the charges and pay a $50 application fee.
An applicant is ineligible if:
Program requirementsParticipation is six months. Defendants attend a drug-education program, pay program fees and submit to random drug testing. Bond conditions apply.
Completion or termination