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What is Court Ordered Treatment?

Teen substance abuse is an ongoing epidemic. It includes drug and alcohol addiction - two crucial issues the government has attempted to eradicate by implementing measures to assist in the war on substance abuse. When a drug offender is arrested, the judge generally orders him to undergo treatment.

Court-ordered treatment is also known as "coerced treatment" - the substance abuser is forced to undergo treatment ordered by the courts. The reasoning is the abuser does not possess the motivation or discipline necessary to seek treatment on her own, let alone overcome her addiction. This method is often a relief to family members who tried unsuccessfully to get the abuser to accept treatment.

What is Compulsory Drug Treatment? << back to top
Compulsory drug treatment occurs when someone who has, or is believed to have, a substance abuse problem is ordered into treatment by a civil or criminal court. This treatment may occur on an inpatient basis, an outpatient basis, or both.

Drug Courts << back to top
During the late 1980s, state courts changed their approach in handling substance offenders. They formed a separate court, "Drug Court," where treatment, and not crime, is the main focus. Drug court intervention is less costly than using the criminal justice system to process an offender. The benefits include: reduced drug use, more drug-free babies and a reduced relapse rate.

What is TASC? << back to top
Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC) is a vital aspect of court-ordered substance abuse treatment. When an abuser is charged or convicted of a non-violent crime, TASC provides referrals for drug-treatment programs and oversees the abuser's case. TASC also helps local law enforcement to resolve any issues they have with a drug treatment program.

Teen Who Encounter Problems with the Legal System << back to top
Occasionally, teens who are struggling with behavior issues, oppositional defiance, or substance use or abuse issues, act out in ways that cause them to encounter problems with the legal system.

Most teenagers on probation, holding court orders, or involved in the juvenile justice program are permitted to enter Addiction Treatment programs that have the ability to provide the level of supervision required by the juvenile courts.

Most teens are charged with misdemeanors. Misdemeanors transferred from a justice or municipal court typically include public intoxication, truancy, running away, inhalant abuse, and violation of school disciplinary codes that result in expulsion.

COMMON JUVENILE CHARGES:
• Public Disturbance
• Underage Alcohol Consumption
• Driving Under The Influence
• Possession of Marijuana

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) << back to top
In addition to medical reasons, many people seek addiction treatment for legal reasons. For example, DUI and other substance related charges.

DUI - Driving Under the Influence
DWI - Driving While Intoxicated
DUID - Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Driving under the influence (DUI), which is sometimes called driving while intoxicated, is a serious and common offense, especially, underage drunk driving. DUI is defined as operating a means of conveyance while excessive amounts of alcohol, or any kind of controlled substance, are present in the body. Currently, all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, have laws on the books that make it a crime for anyone to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent. For those under the age of 21, however, that percentage is much lower and the underage drinking and driving laws and underage dui consequences are less consistent across the each state.

Clearly, laws prevent teenagers from legally possessing, consuming, or driving under the influence of alcohol, but as reality proves, teen drinking and driving still does occur. According to SADD, nearly three-fourths of high school students consumed alcohol illegally and against the proven facts of danger prior to graduation. The government’s Office of Applied Studies branch, notes that three million persons aged twelve to twenty, abuse or are dependent on alcohol annually. For many of teens involved in drinking alcohol and risk taking such as driving while under the influence of alcohol, these decisions are at the very least looming indicators of future problems to come. If you know your teen is abusing alcohol you should seek help immediately.

Underage Drinking and Driving Laws << back to top
Underage drinking and driving laws fall under a “zero tolerance” statute in state law. This statute dictates that it is illegal for anyone under the legal drinking age (21) to operate a motor vehicle if they have any alcohol in their system. The amount of alcohol that a minor can have in their system varies from state to state. Some states classify a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of anything greater than 0.0% as too high, whereas most states only charge those with a BAC greater than 0.02%. Many states set the level at 0.02% because certain cough syrups and mouthwashes contain a small amount of alcohol. In states where the zero tolerance statute does not fall under DUI provisions minors can have relatively small punishments which might include having their licenses suspended and paying a fine, but not be charged with a DUI. In other states, however, minors can be charged with a DUI and face possible jail time. Minors in both cases might also be charged with the additional crime of consuming alcohol as a minor.

Underage BAC and Sentencing Guidelines << back to top
In many states, anyone under 21-years-old caught driving with a BAC level of .02% or higher can be cited for an underage DUI. Although the punishments for underage DUI varies by state, the sentencing guidelines typically involve the following:

• Paying fines ranging from $100 to $2,500
• Impounding the car involved
• Attending drug/alcohol and driver’s education classes
• Completing between 30-60 days of community service
• Revocation of driving privileges for anywhere from 90 days to 3 years
• Paying any and all fees associated with the punishments
• Jail time, ranging from 2 days to a year
• Probation for a period of 3 to 5 years

Other Charges Often Added to aTypical Underage DUI Arrest Include:
• Minor in possession of alcohol
• Soliciting alcohol from an adult
• Distributing alcohol to other minors, if drunk passengers are present
• Child Endangerment Law violations
• Possession of false identification or uttering charges, if fake id’s are found
• The gamut of moving & vehicle maint. violations at the discretion of the arresting office

Teen Court Ordered Rehab Program << back to top
You may find yourself in the same situation as many parents and guardians do, dealing with an adolescent that is entangled in the legal system, such as court-ordered treatments. In this case, it is crucial to put extra effort in finding the right type of help for your loved one. Your choice of drug and alcohol rehab for your troubled teen should include the facilities which have programs in place that deal with the drug and alcohol issues involved, as well as the legal system pursuing the case.

The facility of your choice should have counselors capable of presenting systematic and objective reports to probation officers or the official representatives of the diversion program executing the court-ordered treatment.

TYPICAL SERVICES A TEEN ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER NEEDS TO PROVIDE:

• Representation of a Teen for Court Appearances
• Compliance with A Teen’s Court Orders
• Monthly Reports for the Court or Juvenile Probation

Content compiled above is intended for informational use only and it does not endorse or recommend services available in this site.

Information throughout this site is courtesy of:
www.drugabuse.gov
www.samhsa.gov
www.nimh.nih.gov
www.nida.nih.gov
www.cdc.gov
www.teens.drugabuse.gov
www.justice.gov
   
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