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The goal of a drug court in New Jersey

Within the New Jersey court system, you will find specialized courts that are known as drug courts. Numerous people work within these courts, all as part of the same larger system, and these officials include the judge, the court staff, the probation officers, the attorneys, the treatment specialists and others.

Drug courts are different than standard courts in regards to their overall goal. While they do hand out punishments for crimes that are committed, the overall end goal is to combat the abuse of drugs -- including alcohol -- that takes place on a consistent basis. These are many different tactics that are used, but this end goal remains the same.

This is the reason that treatment professionals and law enforcement officials work together so closely in this system, perhaps differently than they do in any other courts. It is understood that treatment options -- not just deterrents -- are needed. People who go through these courts could end up in these treatment programs so that they can get help and assistance.

While the members of the court are in a position of authority, and they may authorize supervision to ensure that repeat offenses are not committed, they also seek to offer support and to encourage those who are battling with addictions. Because of this, they do try to help people go through with treatment programs, but they can also act quickly, if need be, if those individuals will not use the programs or begin committing similar offenses again.

If you ever end up facing drug charges, be sure that you know what legal options you have and what to expect from the court system.

Source: New Jersey Courts, "Drug Courts" Dec. 03, 2014

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