If you have been charged with drug-related offenses in Maricopa County, the potential consequences could have a life-changing impact on your future. Depending on the charges and circumstances, you could face jail time or probation, which may affect your employment opportunities. At The Baker Law Firm, LLC, we know that there are other options to these penalties that could allow you to move past drug charges.
One such option is participation in the Treatment Assessment Screening Centers, or TASC, program. According to the Office of the Maricopa County Attorney, TASC is a diversion program that may be available to you if you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance. It is used as an alternative to filing charges or to prosecuting charges against those who have been charged with certain drug crimes. If you successfully complete the TASC program, you may avoid having formal criminal charges brought against you. In situations when the charges have already been filed, completion of the TASC program may result in the charges against you being dismissed with prejudice.
This diversion program is not available to everyone. In order to qualify, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. The Maricopa County Attorney’s office may offer participation in this program to those who are facing felony charges for drug possession. Furthermore, the county attorney must believe that you will benefit from this type of community treatment program. In order to be offered participation in the TASC program in lieu of criminal charges, you must not be contesting your guilt.
The length of the program depends on the type of controlled substance that you are charged with possessing. For example, participation in the marijuana program may last for up to six months. If you are charged with possession of a narcotic or dangerous drug, however, you may be required to participate in the program for at least one year. The TASC program includes education and counseling, as well as regular drug screening.
For more information about your options following a conviction on drug-related offenses, please visit our TASC-Diversion Programs page.