If you believe you have a problem with alcohol or other drugs, then you may be a candidate for deferred prosecution. Talk to your attorney about deferred being an option for you. This is an option to defer prosecution / conviction when arrested for a DUI.
1. You must be evaluated as alcohol or other drug dependent.
2. You must be self – admitting to having a problem and amenable to treatment. Generally this means you are willing to try and gain from treatment and expect to successfully complete the program.
3. You must totally abstain from alcohol and any other non – prescribed drugs. Once the judge approves the deferred, it then is viewed as a court order. Any violations of the conditions could bring about a conviction on the original offense. The treating agency is required to keep the court informed as to your progress.
4. If evaluated as appropriate to be treated on an outpatient basis, the program will be as follows.
Treatment – Two Years
Phase 1. You must attend a minimal of three groups / classes a week for a minimal of one month, and you must complete 72 hours of treatment in a maximum of three months. We can accommodate most work schedules.
Phase 2. You must attend group a minimal of one time per week for six months.
Phase 3. You must attend group monthly for the remainder of the two years.
You will receive individual counseling sessions by appointment. You will also be required to attend two alcohol / drug self helps groups per week. These groups are AA, NA, and any group seen as supportive as the formal treatment program.