When you are dependent on a particular substance, it may impact your impulse control and ability to rationalize, and this may lead to criminal charges. Depending on the severity of those charges, among other factors, you may have a chance at enrolling in drug court. If you do so and complete the program, you may be able to do more than avoid possible jail time – you may also be able to abstain from any future arrests.
Per the Texas Standard, drug courts, which are available across Texas and have varying levels of funding, have dramatic effects on recidivism, which is a term that refers to your chances of reoffending in the future. About 75% of those who complete drug court programs after receiving drug-related convictions never again face arrest.
How drug courts lower the chances of future arrests
Not all drug courts are the same, but many operate under similar means. Most of them all but force you to avoid using substances while the court is ongoing, because you may face harsh penalties, such as imprisonment, if you break the court’s rules.
How drug courts operate
Typically, those rules dictate that you must appear before a judge when requested, take drug tests throughout the program’s duration and take part in classes or treatments if you wish to avoid jail time. You may also have to perform community service obligations as a requirement of drug court.
Because drug courts force accountability, by the time you graduate, you may have the strength and support you need to refrain from using again. Without your substance dependency, you may find it easy to move forward with life without any future arrests.