Monday, March 3, 2014

California Online Deferred Entry of Judgment PC 1000 Class to Suspend Criminal Prosecution for First Offenders

Register for Drug Diversion Class
Online Deferred Entry of Judgment Class to meet Drug Diversion PC 1000 Program Court Requirements for First Time Offenders

Meets California's PC1000 Court Requirements

Complete Online Drug Diversion Program for Court Requirements with a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist. This class is for first time drug offenders, such as possession of marijuana or a controlled substance and/or paraphernalia. If a first offense drug defendant has an otherwise clean criminal record, judges generally will find a defendant eligible for the deferred entry of judgement program or drug diversion class without requiring a formal eligibility evaluation. This drug awareness class is also known as a Deferred Entry of Judgment or PC 1000 class in California. Get court approval before enrolling.

Tom Wilson Counseling Center and TeleHealth has been providing approved classes online since 2004 for DUI, Alcohol, Drug, Anger Management, Conflict Management, Petty Theft Shoplifting, Traffic Safety, Parent Education, Thinking Errors, Cognitive Self Change, and DUI, Alcohol, Drug Evaluations. Instructor credentials can be viewed here: www.tomwilsoncounseling.com

Contact us at support@twccsolutions.com or call Toll Free 1.877.368.9909 during office hours; Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm MDT/MST with questions. If you call before or after our regular office hours, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

www.tomwilsoncounseling.com

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pageant queen, 13 others cited for possessing alcohol | Fort Mill Times - Fort Mill, SC

Pageant queen, 13 others cited for possessing alcohol | Fort Mill Times - Fort Mill, SC

Early intervention needed here to prevent kids form developing more serious alcohol abuse problems.

An ordinance for Pre-Trial Diversion went before Opelika Council - OANow.com: Opelika

An ordinance for Pre-Trial Diversion went before Opelika Council - OANow.com: Opelika
This ordinance will be a great way to divert low-risk offenders away from the overburdened judicial system in Alabama. This is similar to the pre-trial diversion program used in California for first time drug offenders called the deferred Entry of Judgment PC1000 program. California now uses online drug awareness classes to help young, low-risk drug offenders meet their court obligations in a timely manner so that first offense drug charges can be dismissed upon completion of their program.
   

Monday, June 17, 2013

Drug offense hearings in California may be delayed due to budget cuts

Recent budget cuts in the California court system have resulted in closed courts, fewer staff and many delays in civil cases, but also in criminal cases such as drug arrest trials and hearings.

An LA Times article states that the California courts have lost about 65% of their state support in the last 5 years and affects from those cuts are continuing to increase. These cuts are causing delays in hearings and trials, causing records to go unprocessed for many months, and reducing the number of services at public windows.

What does this mean for those arrested for a Drug Arrest?

One of the most damaging results of a drug arrest is the amount of time and money lost during the court proceedings.  Time spent finding an attorney, attending hearings and meeting court requirements can cause substantial time away from work and personal commitments, not to mention to costs to hire an attorney.   The recent California budget cuts could extend these delays and cost you more time and money..  

What is Penal Code 1000 PC?

Deferred entry of judgment, defined in Penal Code 1000 PC, allows eligible defendants the opportunity to have their criminal proceedings suspended while they complete a drug treatment program.

Most of the time, the defendant enters a guilty plea to the charge. If the judge determines that the defendant is a good candidate for drug diversion, he or she will suspend the criminal proceedings. typically for a period of 18 months, although it may be as long as three years while the defendant participates in a drug rehabilitation program. This judgment could be further delayed by the recent California budget cuts that are causing substantial delays for criminal hearings.

A drug rehabilitation program is one that has been certified or deemed credible and effective by the applicable county drug program administrator. The defendant may request to be referred to a program in any county, as long as the program meets this criteria. However, if the defendant is not a resident of California, the judge may approve an online drug diversion program.

If the defendant successfully completes the program, the judge dismisses the charges and. with only a few exceptions, the defendant may truthfully state that he or she has never been arrested for the charged offense.
However, if the judge does not believe that the defendant would benefit from treatment, or the defendant does not successfully complete his or her course of treatment, the judge will impose sentence on the charges.
In many cases, your attorney or the judge will recommend court approved online Drug Diversion Program as part of your sentence. Tom Wilson Counseling Center provides online DUI classes specifically designed for out-of-state residents that received a DUI in the State of California.

Register online for the following online classes.  We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, as well as debit cards.  If you need to arrange to make payments, please call our office directly at 1.877.368.9909, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm MST.

Benefits of Online Classes:
  • 100% online and available 24/7
  • Secure registration and payment
  • Convenient and Confidential
Classes Available for California Deferred Entry of Judgment Penal Code 1000:
Visit www.deferredentryofjudgment.com  to register for online class.

Additional Sources: 


http://www.shouselaw.com/drug-diversion.html
 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Online Drug Diversion Class to Suspend Criminal Prosecution for First Offenders

Register for Drug Diversion Class

Online Deferred Entry of Judgment Class to meet Drug Diversion PC 1000 Program Court Requirements for First Time Offenders

Meets California's PC1000 Court Requirements
Complete Online Drug Diversion Program for Court Requirements with a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist. This class is for first time drug offenders, such as possession of marijuana or a controlled substance and/or paraphernalia. If a first offense drug defendant has an otherwise clean criminal record, judges generally will find a defendant eligible for the deferred entry of judgement program or drug diversion class without requiring a formal eligibility evaluation. This drug awareness class is also known as a Deferred Entry of Judgment or PC 1000 class in California. Get court approval before enrolling. 

Tom Wilson Counseling Center has been providing approved classes online since 2004 for DUI, Alcohol, Drug, Anger Management, Conflict Management, Petty Theft Shoplifting, Traffic Safety, Parent Education, Thinking Errors, Cognitive Self Change, and DUI, Alcohol, Drug Evaluations. Instructor credentials can be viewed here: www.tomwilsoncounseling.com.

Contact us at support@twccsolutions.com or call Toll Free 1.877.368.9909 during office hours; Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm MDT/MST with questions. If you call before or after our regular office hours, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

www.DeferredEntryofJudgment.com

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Deferred Entry of Judgment Class to Suspend Criminal Prosecution for First Offenders

Court Procedures for Deferred Entry of Judgment in California


Under California Penal Code 1000 (PC 1000) the defendant must agree to have his or her case referred to the probation department to determine if they are eligible for the diversion program. If the probation department agrees that the offender is eligible, the judge will set a hearing after the referral to the probation department.

At the DEJ hearing the judge will determine eligibility for the diversion program. If found eligible by the judge, program requirements will be described to the defendant, including the program length and the consequences of not enrolling or completing the program.

In court, the defendant is advised that he or she must plead guilty to the charges, and pay a restitution fee of not less than $100 and not more that $1000.

The defendant is advised that they are responsible for treatment, education or rehabilitation costs, and also for reasonable probation fees and costs.

The defendant is advised that if he or she successfully completes the program, the criminal charges will be dismissed and the arrest for the charge(s) deemed to have never occurred.

However, if the defendant fails to enroll in the diversion program or fails to comply with or complete the program requirements, diversion will be terminated and criminal proceedings against the defendant will proceed.


ALL classes developed and monitored by Tom Wilson, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who is also a Certified Alcohol and Substance Prevention Specialist. Tom is the author of "Taming Anger and Aggression", an anger management program which has been taught to hundreds of people at the counseling center over the last twelve years. He specializes in adapting evidence-based substance abuse prevention programs for delivery through the web and other electronic media. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Drug Use and Diversion in the US

2010 National Survey on Drug Use

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) obtains information on nine categories of illicit drug use: use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants, as well as the nonmedical use of prescription-type pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives. In these categories, hashish is included with marijuana, and crack is considered a form of cocaine. Several drugs are grouped under the hallucinogens category, including LSD, PCP, peyote, mescaline, psilocybin mushrooms, and "Ecstasy" (MDMA). Inhalants include a variety of substances, such as nitrous oxide, amyl nitrite, cleaning fluids, gasoline, spray paint, other aerosol sprays, and glue. Respondents are asked to report use of inhalants to get high but not to report times when they accidentally inhaled a substance.

The four categories of prescription-type drugs (pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives) cover numerous medications that currently are or have been available by prescription. They also include drugs within these groupings that originally were prescription medications but currently may be manufactured and distributed illegally, such as methamphetamine, which is included under stimulants. Respondents are asked to report only "nonmedical" use of these drugs, defined as use without a prescription of the individual's own or simply for the experience or feeling the drugs caused. Use of over-the-counter drugs and legitimate use of prescription drugs are not included. NSDUH reports combine the four prescription-type drug groups into a category referred to as "psychotherapeutics."

Estimates of "illicit drug use" reported from NSDUH reflect the use of any of the nine drug categories listed above. Use of alcohol and tobacco products, while illegal for youths, is not included in these estimates.

In 2010, an estimated 22.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users, meaning they had used an illicit drug during the month prior to the survey interview (Figure 2.1). This estimate represents 8.9 percent of the population aged 12 or older.

Figure 2.1 Past Month Illicit Drug Use among Persons Aged 12 or Older: 2010

1 Illicit Drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used nonmedically.

The overall rate of current illicit drug use among persons aged 12 or older in 2010 (8.9 percent) was similar to the rate in 2009 (8.7 percent), but it was higher than the rates in 2002 through 2008 (Figure 2.2).

Figure 2.2 Past Month Use of Selected Illicit Drugs among Persons Aged 12 or Older: 2002-2010
+ Difference between this estimate and the 2010 estimate is statistically significant at the .05 level.

In 2010, marijuana was the most commonly used illicit drug, with 17.4 million current users. It was used by 76.8 percent of current illicit drug users and was the only drug used by 60.1 percent of them. Also in 2010, 9.0 million persons aged 12 or older were current users of illicit drugs other than marijuana (or 39.9 percent of illicit drug users aged 12 or older). Current use of other drugs but not marijuana was reported by 23.2 percent of illicit drug users, and 16.7 percent used both marijuana and other drugs.

The number and percentage of persons aged 12 or older who were current users of marijuana in 2010 (17.4 million or 6.9 percent) were similar to the estimates for 2009 (16.7 million or 6.6 percent), but the estimates in 2010 were higher than those in 2002 through 2008. Between 2007 and 2010, the rate increased from 5.8 to 6.9 percent, and the number of users increased from 14.4 million to 17.4 million.

An estimated 9.0 million people aged 12 or older (3.6 percent) were current users of illicit drugs other than marijuana in 2010. The majority of these users (7.0 million persons or 2.7 percent of the population) were nonmedical users of psychotherapeutic drugs, including 5.1 million users of pain relievers, 2.2 million users of tranquilizers, 1.1 million users of stimulants, and 374,000 users of sedatives.

The number and percentage of persons aged 12 or older who were current nonmedical users of psychotherapeutic drugs in 2010 (7.0 million or 2.7 percent) were similar to those in 2009 (7.0 million or 2.8 percent) and to those in 2002 (6.3 million or 2.7 percent) (Figure 2.2).

The number and percentage of persons aged 12 or older who were current nonmedical users of stimulants in 2010 (1.1 million or 0.4 percent) were similar to those in 2009 (1.3 million or 0.5 percent) (Figure 2.3). 

Figure 2.3 Past Month Nonmedical Use of Types of Psychotherapeutic Drugs among Persons Aged 12 or Older: 2002-2010


 + Difference between this estimate and the 2010 estimate is statistically significant at the .05 level.

The number and percentage of persons aged 12 or older who were current users of methamphetamine in 2010 (353,000 or 0.1 percent) were similar to those from 2007 through 2009, but lower than those from 2002 through 2006. The previous numbers and percentages were 502,000 (0.2 percent) in 2009, 314,000 (0.1 percent) in 2008, 529,000 (0.2 percent) in 2007, 731,000 (0.3 percent) in 2006, 628,000 (0.3 percent) in 2005, 706,000 (0.3 percent) in 2004, 726,000 (0.3 percent) in 2003, and 683,000 (0.3 percent) in 2002.

The number and percentage of persons aged 12 or older who were current users of cocaine in 2010 (1.5 million or 0.6 percent) were similar to those in 2009 (1.6 million or 0.7 percent), but lower than those from 2002 through 2008. The previous numbers and percentages were 1.9 million (0.7 percent) in 2008, 2.1 million (0.8 percent) in 2007, 2.4 million (1.0 percent) in 2006, 2.4 million (1.0 percent) in 2005, 2.0 million (0.8 percent) in 2004, 2.3 million (1.0 percent) in 2003, and 2.0 million (0.9 percent) in 2002.

The number and percentage of persons aged 12 or older who were current users of hallucinogens in 2010 (1.2 million or 0.5 percent) were similar to those in 2009 (1.3 million or 0.5 percent). These include similar numbers and percentages for current users of Ecstasy, with 695,000 (0.3 percent) current users in 2010 and 760,000 (0.3 percent) current users in 2009. 


Tom Wilson Counseling Center's Online Drug Diversion Program is for first offense drug defendants. Diversion is the procedure of suspending the criminal prosecution of an individual, by allowing the offender to complete a drug education, drug treatment, or drug rehabilitation program instead of further criminal proceedings.

Diversion has become a very popular method of alleviating congested court calendars, while at the same time allowing first-offenders to avoid the blemish of a drug conviction on their record. The program allows offenders to avoid a criminal record by completing drug education or a drug counseling program.

If a first offense drug defendant has an otherwise clean criminal record, judges generally will find a defendant eligible for the drug diversion program without requiring a formal eligibility evaluation.

You must obtain preauthorization from the court before enrolling. Policies may change without notice, and there is no guarantee that you will be approved for online classes by the county courts. 

Court Procedures for Deferred Entry of Judgment Program in California

Under California Penal Code 1000 (PC 1000) the defendant must agree to have his or her case referred to the probation department to determine if they are eligible for the diversion program. If the probation department agrees that the offender is eligible, the judge will set a hearing after the referral to the probation department. 

At the DEJ hearing the judge will determine eligibility for the diversion program. If found eligible by the judge, program requirements will be described to the defendant, including the program length and the consequences of not enrolling or completing the program. 

In court, the defendant is advised that he or she must plead guilty to the charges, and pay a restitution fee of not less than $100 and not more that $1000. 

The defendant is advised that they are responsible for treatment, education or rehabilitation costs, and also for reasonable probation fees and costs. 

The defendant is advised that if he or she successfully completes the program, the criminal charges will be dismissed and the arrest for the charge(s) deemed to have never occurred. 

However, if the defendant fails to enroll in the diversion program or fails to comply with or complete the program requirements, diversion will be terminated and criminal proceedings against the defendant will proceed.