There has been a lot of discussion about the best way to deal with non-violent drug offenders, with most people on both sides of the political aisle preferring drug diversion programs that enable recovery rather than jail time. TASC stands for Treatment Assessment Screening Center, and it has a stunning 73% success rate in curtailing criminal relapses. With 34,000 people having taken the program, its benefits extend to families and society in tangible ways. Find out more about who it’s for and how it works.
Who Is Eligible
The program is meant for those who have pleaded guilty to felony drug possession, and are deemed good candidates for a treatment program. While everyone has certain milestones they’re expected to hit, TASC works with each person to determine the best ways to redirect their life. Once they’ve successfully completed the diversion program, their charges will be dropped.
The Possession of Marijuana program lasts for a maximum length of 6 months. During this time, the participant will be screened, attend classes and may be given counseling. They’ll need to take one 3-hour seminar in order to understand more about the dangers of the drug. If they’re shown to reuse during this time period, they’ll need to comply with substance abuse counseling as well.
If the offender is charged with a narcotic, they’ll need to enroll in the Possession of Narcotic or Dangerous Drugs Program. The program lasts at least a year, where the participant will get valuable tools for the long-term. They’ll need to take a 3-hour drug seminar, and clock at least 24 hours of counseling. Counselors will be referred out and may be one-on-one or in a group. Case managers will review and discuss progress on a monthly basis, which may or may not require meeting in person.
The participant will also attend 48 hours of self-help meetings. Meetings can be with groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or another approved organization. The participant is free to find the group that works best for them, even if it’s not a group devoted to their particular habit. These meetings are free, and also give the participant a chance to find a sponsor.
For those who have a misdemeanor charge that will likely result in a conviction, this alternative diversion program will allow participants to take a one-day seminar to learn more about the dangers of risky behavior. The charge cannot involve a physical injury of any kind, nor can it be a motor vehicle charge. Eligible candidates must not have had a prior conviction (either misdemeanor of felony) within the past 5 years.
If you have already been charged with a drug offence in Arizona, contact the Nolan Law Firm for a free consultation at (480) 359-3457.