DRUG COURT LIAISONAshley Frank53 University AveAkron, OH 44308Phone: 330-643-7844 FAX: 330-643-8194E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Felony Drug Court
STATEMENT FROM JUDGE THOMAS A. TEODOSIO
Drug Court is a special court given the responsibility to handle cases involving drug-using/abusing, non-violent offenders, through immediate comprehensive supervision, drug testing, and treatment services, as well as immediate sanctions and incentives.
Drug Court programs bring the full weight and co-operative effort of all interveners, namely: judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, substance abuse treatment specialists, law enforcement correctional personnel, educational and vocational experts, and other community persons, to bear, forcing the offender to deal with his or her substance abuse problems.
The Summit County Felony Drug Court (SCFDC) is an innovative program available to felony drug possessions/abuse offenders county wide, taking offenders from all three Municipal Courts within the county; Akron, Barberton, and Stow. This program is intended to swiftly introduce drug possession/abuse offenders to drug treatment with continuing judicial involvement, to increase the likelihood of rehabilitation and reduce the likelihood of recidivism. It is a collaborative effort between the courts, prosecutor’s office, law enforcement, defense attorneys, and treatment providers, to provide offenders with mandatory treatment, increased supervision, and coordinated use of community resources with the following goals in mind:
STRUCTURE OF THE DRUG COURT
The Summit County Felony Drug Court (SCFDC) will be based upon a post-adjudication model.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM
The program will be for a minimum of 18 months in length. The period of participation can be extended, based on the client’s non-participation or failure to remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol for a period of at least four months.
Initial eligibility for the Drug Court Program will be determined at the municipal court level and will consist of those offenders arrested for felony drug possession/abuse. Screening will be done daily, covering all three Municipal Courts in Summit County. Offenders will enter a “not guilty” plea at their initial arraignment and an attorney will be appointed (if indigent). They will return to court in three days, with the attorney. During that time, their eligibility will be verified and police approval will be obtained. If the offender elects to participate in the Program, a “Bill of Information” will be prepared by the Prosecutor’s Office, and the offender will enter the Program within the next 10 days. If they elect not to participate, the case will proceed through normal channels. At their appearance in Drug Court, the offender will enter a “guilty” plea to the Bill of Information and the Judge will hold sentencing in abeyance. If the offender successfully completes the Program, the “guilty” plea will be vacated and the case will be dismissed. Offenders who fail to successfully complete the Program will be sentenced.
CRITERIA FOR FELONY DRUG COURT PLACEMENT
Felony Drug Court Client Handbook
Waiver of Counsel for Felony Drug Court