FAQ – Drug Accountability

    1. What is the Seward County Drug Accountability Program?
      The program is designed to reduce substance abuse, criminal recidivism and increase rehabilitation through intense intervention and substance abuse treatment. By completing the program successfully, the charges against you will be dismissed and you will have no conviction on your record.

    1. What are the program goals?
      1. Reduce drug use and related criminal activity.
      2. Hold drug-dependent offenders accountable for their criminal conduct.
      3. Provide real and effective rehabilitation for criminal offenders.
      4. Reduce criminal justice costs through reduced reliance on incarceration for non-violent felonies.

    1. Who qualifies for the program?
      In order to be eligible to participate in the Seward County Drug Accountability Program, the defendant must have a pending felony charge in Seward County, Nebraska and meet the following criteria:

      • The defendant suffers from a substance abuse problem or addiction needing treatment.
      • The defendant admits to having a substance abuse problem or addiction, and wants treatment.
      • The defendant would likely re-offend if not treated for substance abuse problem.

    1. How much does the program cost?
      The participant will pay an enrollment fee of $250.00. The participant will execute a promise to pay a fee of $150.00 each month while participating in the program. Some requirements may have additional fees. All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are non-refundable.

    1. Is financial assistance available?.
      Financial assistance may be available through the Seward County Diversion Office upon request by the participant.

    1. What are the program requirements?
      The Seward County Drug Accountability Program is a minimum of eighteen months (18) to a maximum of three (3) years consisting of intensive treatment, supervision, drug testing, court reporting and accountability. All participants shall attend regularly scheduled treatment, support meetings and program meetings. Additionally, participants shall undergo regular drug testing, check-ins and curfew mandates.

    1. Can I consult with an attorney before enrolling in the program?
      Yes, you have the right to confer with an attorney before signing an agreement.

    1. Can I be terminated from the program?
      Yes, termination from the program can occur when the program can no longer serve the needs of the participant. Due to many factors, there are instances when continuation is unproductive for the participant, the program, or both.

    1. Can I withdraw from the program?
      Yes, you can withdraw at any time from program. If a participant withdraws from the program, the participant will re-enter the regular criminal court system where prosecution will proceed. Any fees incurred are not refundable.

  1. Can my case be transferred to a program in another county?
    No, your case cannot be transferred to another county’s program.

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