Adult Drug Court

Adult Drug Court (ADC) is a collaborative treatment court. Entry is for those people who are residents of Nevada County who are facing felony charges.

Criteria Eligibility

The criteria for eligibility into ADC are:
  • You must be a resident of Nevada County;
  • You must not have an ongoing condition that requires narcotic drug maintenance. This does not include medication assisted treatment;
  • You must be willing to plead guilty to a felony charge or violation of felony probation for which a term of imprisonment will be imposed and execution suspended;
  •  You must have a case resolution that makes you eligible for a grant of probation;
  •  You must be willing to commit to a program length of at least 24 months;
  •  You must not have any other unresolved felony criminal charges here or in other jurisdictions.
  • You must not be subject to registration pursuant to Penal Code Section 290.
  • You must not have a history of excessive violence.
  • You must be willing to submit to assessments by both the Probation Department and the Behavioral Health Department, as well as any other assessments that the court orders;
  • You must not be convicted of a felony involving transportation or possession of large quantities of drugs or precursors as determined by the ADC team;
  • You must not be pleading to any current Penal Code ยง667.5 charges;
  • You must not currently be on probation or parole for a strike offense;
  • You must have a state prison or 1170(h) prison offer.
  •  Assessments must show that you are high risk (drugs) / High need as determined by validated risk assessment tool.

Applying for the Adult Drug Court

In order to apply to ADC, a defendant must fill out an application (found in the ADC Manual) and submit it to the court. In addition, they must fill out a release of information. Each line must be individually initialed. Once that has happened, the DA will screen the defendant for eligibility. If the DA finds the defendant eligible, then the Probation Department and Behavioral Health department will do assessments to determine if the defendant meets the remaining criteria.

Please be advised that the ADC manual is in the process of being updated and the information currently contained therein may be inaccurate.