â€‹Available to offenders who are charged with first-time offenses of a Class 4 Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, up to 5 grams, and Class 4 Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, up to 100 grams. This one-year treatment-based program gives offenders the opportunity to avoid prison and a permanent conviction on their record, and learn to live drug-free and more productive lives, as well as reducing the likelihood that that they re-offend or become perpetual offenders. Upon successful completion of all program requirements the State's Attorney's Office will agree to dismiss the pending charges.
Application processOffenders who meet the eligibility requirements may apply to the program within 90 days of arrest. The offender must contact the State's Attorney's Office to schedule an intake interview with the case manager. The arresting police department will be consulted prior to the application approval. The state's attorney then has the sole discretion to approve or reject the applicant.
An applicant is ineligible if:
Program requirementsOffender must enter a formal agreement with the state's attorney, make videotaped statement admitting to the elements of the case and his or her involvement in it, complete a substance abuse education program, submit to random drug testing and pay program costs of $2,100.
Completion or terminationUpon successful completion of all requirements, the case will be dismissed at the final court date. If terms are not followed or if a new offense is committed, the offender is terminated from the program and the case is returned to court for prosecution.