What is Drug Court? (Washington D.C.)

July 5, 2019




There are three types diversion programs generally offered by the US attorneys Office in Washington D.C. in criminal cases. Mediation, Deferred Prosecution, and Deferred Sentencing Agreement.  The Drug Court is a part of the Delayed Prosecution protocol.



Eligibility: Defendants who have a verified substance abuse or dependence problem defined by a current substance abuse assessment and one of the following:

  • At least three positive (+) drug tests within the past 12 months

  • Verified history of receiving drug treatment within the past 12 months, or

  • A positive (+) drug test for a controlled substance on the day of arrest, initial appearance or random spot check. The Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) and the USAO screen defendants for Drug Court Eligibility


Requirements:  The defendant must enter into a Delayed Prosecution Agreement (DPA). Among other conditions, the defendant must participate in drug testing, counseling and treatment at the direction of PSA.

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