The Fulton County Felony Adult Drug Court is a non-traditional program for felony offenders addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. It is an accountability alternative to the typical adversarial approach employed with offenders and involves the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender, Probation and treatment and community groups working together for the benefit of the offenders and the community at large. Offenders participating in Drug Court have the charges that brought them into the program dismissed upon graduation from the program or they are placed on probation and may avoid jail time through successful completion of the program.
To successfully graduate from the Drug Court, offenders are required to adhere to a rigorous set of rules governing their behavior for a minimum of 18 months. During this time, offenders are required to actively participate in an intensive out-patient rehabilitation program operated by the Drug Court staff or to participate in some other court-approved treatment program. They are also required to appear regularly before a Judge to review their progress and to provide urine samples for random drug screening which is performed in their on-site drug testing laboratory.
To graduate from the program, defendants must refrain from using drugs and/or alcohol for a minimum of six months, be employed or enrolled in school full-time, pay a program participation fine of $750 and successfully complete all requirements of the program.
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