Last week, we outlined the recent changes made to SouthLight’s drug and alcohol diversion programs for first-time misdemeanor offenders in Wake County. In addition to those misdemeanor diversion programs, SouthLight also offers first-time felony drug offenders a unique opportunity to earn a dismissal of certain felony drug charges through the Felony Drug Diversion Program.
Felony Drug Diversion Program – Eligibility Criteria & Requirements
General Eligibility Criteria:
§ Must be at least 16 years old;
§ No previous criminal convictions (either as juvenile or adult);
§ No prior participation in any deferral programs;
§ Not engaged in the health care profession;
§ No evidence of drug distribution.
Eligible Felony Drug Offenses:
§ Possession of Cocaine (less than 3 grams);
§ Possession of Marijuana (less than 8 ounces);
§ Possession of LSD (less than 10 dosage units);
§ Possession of Mushrooms (less than 3 grams);
§ Possession of Ecstasy (less than 10 dosage units);
§ Prescription Drug Fraud (no more than 100 dosage units with 3 or less violations occurring during a 30-day period).
§ Case will be continued for 1 year;
§ Sign an admission of guilt;
§ Submit to random drug screens;
§ Obtain a substance abuse assessment and follow all recommended treatment;
§ Complete 225 hours of community service;
§ Meet monthly with case manager;
§ Pay program fees (not including substance abuse treatment costs);
§ Remain employed or in school;
§ No new felony or misdemeanor charges during the 1 year deferral period;
§ Abide by any other special conditions imposed.
At the end of the one year deferral period, if you have completed all the program requirements, the case will be dismissed by the DA’s office, and you may be eligible to have the charges completely expunged from your record.
If you’re facing felony drug possession charges in Wake County, call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation. One of our experienced drug possession lawyers will explain how we can help get your felony charge dismissed and expunged from your record entirely.