Many Texas counties offer drug court to nonviolent offenders who could benefit from substance abuse rehabilitation. This supervised program includes drug screening, detox, counseling and other services to support a sober, crime-free lifestyle. 

If facing controlled substance charges, learn more about whether you may qualify for a drug court program. 

Drug court services 

Depending on the county, qualified offenders may be able to take parenting classes, therapy and drug rehabilitation. Programs also offer assistance with housing and job placement. Participation includes reporting to court once a week, submitting to drug tests and successfully completing other program requirements. 

Most individuals complete the program in about two years, after which the court dismisses their original charges. According to a 2016 article in the Texas Observer, 75% of those who graduate from the state’s drug court never commit another crime. 

Eligibility criteria 

Each county develops its own program requirements and selection process. In Collin County, the drug court program specifically targets arrests for impaired driving to reduce the high percentage of repeat DWI offenders. 

You may be eligible if the court convicted you of a second offense of misdemeanor drug possession, a drug DWI, a second DWI offense or a DWI resulting in an accident or with a high blood alcohol content. You will not be eligible if you have a history of violent offenses or felony sex offenses, may pose a Homeland Security risk, have outstanding warrants or charges in other counties, have disabling health issues or have pending felony charges. 

The Collin County program involves regular court appearances, random and scheduled drug and alcohol testing, and comprehensive substance abuse counseling and treatment. Upon completion, the court will waive the person’s community service requirements; provide an occupational driver’s license for transportation to work, school and treatment; and offer a probated jail sentence and fines. Research shows that these programs can effectively teach participants the tools for sober living.