Drug Court is a program designed to facilitate substance abuse recovery through treatment, ongoing court appearances and reinforcement of probation conditions. Statutorily-eligible clients convicted of certain drug-related offenses (that do not involve drug sales activity) may be ordered to participate in this program at the time of initial sentencing.
Drug Court combines substance abuse treatment with intensive probationary supervision and frequent court appearances to monitor the client's progress through the course of treatment. Prescribed treatment may be residential and/or outpatient in nature, depending on needs of the client. In addition, treatment providers and Deputy Probation Officers administer urinalysis tests on a random and as-needed basis to consistently reinforce the recovery effort. Clients are seen frequently both in the field and in the Probation Office. Deputy Probation Officers provide all possible support and structure to create an optimal recovery incentive for clients.
The specially-designated Drug Court is an integral part of the program. The same Judge monitors the client throughout the program, exhibiting a caring, ongoing concern about each client and his/her treatment participation and outcome. Upon satisfactory completion of the designated program, a formal graduation recognizing client efforts is held in the same Court during a special evening proceeding. Recognition of this significant client accomplishment is an important, therapeutic part of the overall process.
The charges that make someone eligible for this program are very specific and include:
- Cultivation of Marijuana (for personal use)
- Prescription Fraud
- Forged Prescription or Obtain Drugs by False Prescription
- Second Degree Burglary
- Petty Theft w/Prior
All of the above offenses must be charged as a felony and they cannot be charged/convicted on the same case with any other offense except:
- Being under the influence of a controlled substance
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession of a hypodermic needle
- Reckless driving
- Driving on a suspended license
- Driving while not licensed
Drug Court will not accept anyone with a criminal history that includes drug sales or violence. They may not have any conviction for a violent felony or any offense that has been designated a serious felony. Also ineligible is anyone with a prior conviction or pending charge involving the use or possession of a firearm or deadly weapon and any offenses involving the use of force or attempted use of force against a person (including resisting arrest). Lastly, the defendant must be a county resident and cannot be on parole or on probation for any case other then the case for which they are being considered for Drug Court.
If you have questions about a court case, contact the San Mateo County Courts.
If you want to know which Deputy Probation Officer is assigned to your adult case, call (650) 363-4244.
If you want to know which Deputy Probation Officer is assigned to your juvenile case, call (650) 312-8807.