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Originally established in 1997, the Chester County Drug Court Program provides an alternative to incarceration for individuals charged with drug possession in Pennsylvania. It was the second such program in the state, and it helps treat non-violent drug offenders for substance abuse through a supervisory program that ranges between 12 and 24 months.

The program provides numerous benefits for those eligible to participate. The program provides strict rules and requirements that have to be met in order to successfully complete the program. The goal of the Chester County Drug Court is for participants to successfully complete rehabilitative treatment that ultimately leads to their charges being dismissed, their record expunged and reduces their likelihood of recidivism.

Chester County Drug Court Lawyer

A criminal defense attorney can act as an advocate for your participation in the Drug Court Program. Michael Skinner with the Skinner Law Firm helps clients facing drug charges throughout Chester County, PA. He also represents individuals in nearby, Delaware County, Lancaster County, and Montgomery County.

Before opening his own criminal defense firm, Michael J. Skinner handled various types of drug charges as the Assistant District Attorney for Chester County. This experience provides him with a unique insight into the justice system, and he can give you a realistic sense of what options you have when you call (610) 436-1410 to schedule a free consultation.

Pennsylvania Drug Court Information Center

Chester County Drug Court Eligibility

You may be eligible for the program if you meet the following requirements:

You will also be required to complete a Drug Court application, an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) application (if your case involves DUI charges), and a drug and alcohol assessment in order to be considered for the program.

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Drug Court Requirements in West Chester

In order to successfully complete the program, you will be required to:

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Four Phases of Chester County Drug Court

This is a four-phase program that lasts a minimum of one year. All phases are a minimum of 90 days (12 weeks), and you must meet specific goals and requirements in order to move on to the next phase. The key concepts and requirements for each phase are as follows:

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Random Drug Testing in Pennsylvania Drug Court

A major component of the program is compliance with random drug and alcohol testing. As a participant in the program, you will be tested randomly throughout the entire length of the program. There are several important notes about drug and alcohol testing:

If you are selected for testing, you have to report to the Chester County Department of Adult Probation and Parole the following day and submit to a test. You need to be prepared to provide a urine sample while being observed by a probation officer or testing technician when you report. You could also be required to give other samples in addition to those required by the Random Drug Testing System.

The sanctions for missing random tests are as follows:

1st positive ‐ 24 hours incarceration

2nd positive ‐ 72 hours incarceration

3rd positive ‐ One-week incarceration

4th positive ‐ Removal from the program

Additional Resources: 

Drug Court in Chester County, PA – Visit the official website of Chester County to find out more about the 2nd drug court in Pennsylvania launched in 1997. Find information about the program, eligibility programs, supervision requirements, and the drug court application.

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Entering Pennsylvania Drug Courts

If you are facing drug charges in Pennsylvania, it is in your best interest to immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Michael J. Skinner provides aggressive legal defense for clients all over Chester County and the surrounding areas, including Lancaster County, Montgomery County, and  Delaware County.

You can receive a free review of your case when you contact the Skinner Law Firm at (610) 436-1410 today to set up an initial no obligation, no charge consultation. Michael J. Skinner can develop a formidable defense and work to help you achieve the most favorable possible outcome to your case.

This article was last updated on Monday, March 7, 2016.


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