Adult Felony Drug Court
Pleas 1:30 P.M.:
No more than four pleas will be scheduled at a time; attorneys and defendants are expected to be ready no later than 1:45 P.M. Paperwork will be available for pick up at the District Attorney’s office the week prior.
Staffing 3:00 P.M.:
Team Members meet in a closed session to discuss the progress of each Participant.
Hearings 4:00 P.M.:
Court sessions are open to the public and family members and support network are encouraged to attend.
Assessments 9:00 A.M. and 1:30 P.M.:
The Thursday after submitting an application, a Defendant will be scheduled for assessments on substance abuse.
The Midland County Adult Felony Drug Court Program utilizes a non-traditional, pro-active approach to corrections and rehabilitation at the community level and in the treatment of at-risk offenders in overcoming serious drug addictions.
The Midland County Adult Drug Court Program focuses on the problem of addiction and provides a high level of direct accountability of the offender to the court. As a diversion from the incarceration system, the problem of addiction can be addressed at a cost savings to the citizens of Midland County as well as the State of Texas.
Eligible participants of the Program are adults with a felony offense directly or indirectly relating to drugs and substance abuse. The Program is a comprehensive fourteen (14) month, five (5) phase program designed with specific objectives aimed at keeping the Participant sober and drug free while reducing recidivism.
The Program implements acute, clinical adaptation, habitual, and continuous care. The Program demands Participant accountability by requiring judicial monitoring, mandatory treatment, intensive supervision, and law enforcement surveillance.
The Midland County Adult Drug Court Program is a comprehensive fourteen (14) month, five phase, post-plea program designed with specific objectives aimed at keeping the Participant sober, drug free, and reducing recidivism. The Program implements acute, clinical, adaptation, habitual, and continuous care. The Program demands offender accountability by requiring judicial monitoring, mandatory treatment, and intensive supervision.
The Midland County Adult Drug Court Program will target non-violent male and female offenders age 17 and older who are assessed as High Risk and Needs and are charged with a felony offense for which substance abuse was a significant contributing factor.
The opportunity to participate in the Midland County Adult Drug Court Program will be limited to persons who meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 17 years of age.
- Have a currently pending charge for a felony offense in Midland County or currently be on community supervision for a felony offense in Midland County.
- Be a resident of Midland County or of a contiguous county with the ability to return to Midland County as needed to comply with the requirements of the Court.
- Be assessed as suffering from a substance use disorder that is suspected to have significantly contributed to the commission of the charged offense and/or the allegations that form the basis for a revocation of community supervision
- Have a low probability, due to past history or the severity of substance use disorder, of successful completion of community supervision without Drug Court intervention.
- Must voluntarily submit to The Program and commit to complying with any and all requirements of The Program.
Cases will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine the extent and circumstance surrounding the disqualifying factors versus the need to participate in The Program. Those cases declined for acceptance into the Midland County Adult Drug Court Program will be retained by the originally assigned/referring judge.
The following factors are considered and will prevent a person from participating in The Program:
- The charged offense involved:
- carrying, possessing, or using a firearm or other dangerous weapon;
- the use of force against the person of another; or
- the death of or serious bodily injury to another;
- The defendant has a significant prior criminal history involving violent offenses.
- The charged offense is a sex offense that would be defined as a reportable conviction under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 62.001(5)
- The defendant has a prior conviction, deferred adjudication, or adjudication of delinquent conduct for a sex offense defined as a reportable conviction under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 62.001(5)
- The defendant has a prior conviction or deferred adjudication for a sex offense.
- The charged offense involved the delivery or manufacture of illegal drugs.
- The defendant has a significant prior criminal history involving the delivery or manufacture of illegal drugs.
- The defendant is seriously and persistently mentally ill and cannot participate in the structure of the Drug Court.
- The defendant is actively engaged as a confidential informant for law enforcement in any jurisdiction.
- Currently participating in another Midland County specialty court.
DISPARATE IMPACT STATEMENT
Much like the disease of addiction, it is the policy of the Midland County Drug Court to provide equal opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Midland County Drug Court will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.