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19th Judicial District Court Parish of East Baton Rouge DEFENSE  ATTORNEY  MUST  ADVISE  THE  DEFENDANT

That participants must abide by all of the rules of drug court, which include mandatory court attendance, mandatory treatment attendance, extensive drug testing, possible inpatient treatment, and sanctioning by the court for all non-compliance.

That defendant must meet with his probation officer regularly and abide by all conditions of probation.  Fulfillment of all obligations of probation must be met prior to completion of the program.

The Drug Treatment Court Program is very extensive and requires tremendous effort on behalf of the defendant.  The Program requires a minimum of twelve months to complete, but may last up to three years depending on each defendant’s own progress.  It is divided into four separate phases.

PHASE I—This is the pretreatment stabilization and engagement phase.

PHASE II—This is the cognitive restructuring phase of treatment and is the most intensive of all phases.

PHASE III—This phase concentrates on relapse prevention. 

PHASE IV—This is the transition and after care phase.


The Drug Court Judge meets with Lawyers and DA to finalize Drug Court Paperwork on

Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 PM.

Drug Court pleas are taken on Thursdays at 1:30 PM.

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