If you have been arrested for and charged with a drug crime in Oregon, you may be one of the many people who struggles with an underlying addiction that contributed to your current situation. Over the years, more and more courts around the country have begun to realize that adopting a punitive approach when working with people who are addicted to drugs may not always be the most effective means of helping them. Such an approach may also not be effective in reducing future criminal activities.
Clackamas County is one of the counties that has established treatment courts for people as an alternative to jail or other penalties. As explained by the county’s website, these courts aim to provide essential treatment services to people who are addicted to drugs so that they may improve their lives and find a way to overcome their addiction. These programs may also reduce the load on jails.
If you are able to participate in a drug court in Oregon, you may be regularly monitored by a court representative such as a probation or parole officer. You may participate in drug treatment services on an outpatient basis. Mental health counseling or other services may also be provided for you as part of your substance addiction treatment plan.
If you would like to learn more about the programs available through drug courts in Clackamas County and how they may be able to assist you or if you qualify for them, please feel free to visit the substance use treatment court program page of our Oregon drugs and criminal defense website.