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Chemical Dependency Court in Nassau County

Chemical Dependency Court Services in Nassau County, NY, manage several different programs such as felony diversion court, drug court, veterans treatment court, and the S.T.E.P. program. These programs in Hempstead and Mineola, NY, are often funded through grant money from the state and federal government. The drug abuse programs are run by the staff of New York State Office of Court Administration and the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services.

Participants in the program must undergo an evaluation and complete any recommended follow-up drug treatment. The participants are also subjected to case management meetings and undergo crisis intervention services when needed. 

The purpose of these voluntary programs is to help individuals with special and identifiable problems such as an addiction to drugs and alcohol. In exchange for agreeing to voluntarily enter and complete the program, a person accused might be able to escape a harsher penalty. In many of these cases, the charge is reduced or even eliminated completely in exchange for the successful completion of the program. 

Entering one of these programs is not always the best way to resolve the case even if you are eligible. For individuals seeking drug treatment, these programs provide many good options that might not be otherwise available. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Stephanie Selloni to discuss your pending criminal charges and eligibility to participate in chemical dependency court in Nassau County, New York. We can help you evaluate all of the options for resolving your case and the direct and indirect consequences that might attach to each option. 

At the Law Office of Stephanie Selloni, we represent clients on drug and alcohol charges throughout Long Island, including Garden City, Mineola, Hempstead, Westbury, and Floral Park. Call Law Office of Stephanie Selloni today at 516-972-1212 to schedule your free consultation.


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Eligibility Requirements for Various Drug Court Programs 

The eligibility requirements for Felony Diversion Court include:

  • alcohol or drug addiction being a factor that contributed to the current charges;
  • the participant is charged with Class E, D, C, or B offenses such as unlawful possession or sale of a controlled substance;
  • the participant is 21 years of age or older;
  • the participant admits to having a drug problem and expresses a desire for treatment;
  • the participant agrees to treatment for a period of 18 months.

The eligibility requirements for Veterans Treatment Court include:

  • the pending charges must be a violation or misdemeanor charge (although some felony charges are eligible);
  • the participant has anger management problems, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, poor coping skills, substance abuse or mental health issues; and
  • the participant has served in the military and was honorably discharged from service.

The eligibility requirements for Drug Treatment Court include: 

  • pending misdemeanor or violations only;
  • the participant has no pending felony charges;
  • alcohol or drug abuse must have been a factor in the pending charges;
  • the participant is 21 years of age;
  • the participant is facing at least 90 days in jail; and
  • the participant has at least two prior criminal convictions.

The eligibility requirements for the S.T.E.P. Program includes:

  • the participant was referred by the court following a first-time DWI charge;
  • the participant wants to enter the voluntary program;
  • the participant has no pending felony charges.

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Contact Information for Dependency Court

Drug Treatment Court
District Court
99 Main Street, L23
Hempstead, NY 11550
Phone: (516) 572-2574, 2488
Fax: (516) 572-2491

 

S.T.E.P. Program
District Court
99 Main Street, L41
Hempstead, NY 11550
Phone: (516) 572-2460
Fax: (516) 572-2559

 

Felony Diversion Court
Family Court
262 Old Country Road
Mineola, NY 11501
Phone: (516) 493-3620
Fax: (516) 571-3452

 

Veterans Treatment Court
District Court
99 Main Street, L23
Hempstead, NY 11550
Phone: (516) 493-4145
Fax: (516) 572-2491 

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Additional Resources

Nassau County Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services - the department serves all of Nassau County including Uniondale and the Town of Hempstead. The department is tasked with the implementation of services for individuals with addiction issues, mental illness, or developmental disabilities to help those individuals live safely in the community. 

Court Services in Nassau County, NY - Visit the Official Website of Nassau County to learn more about access court services provider, eligibility requirements, and costs of services. These programs help defendants with drug charges and chemical dependency issues. The programs offered in Nassau County help defendants reduce or eliminate certain types of criminal charges in exchange for the successful completion of treatment programs to remain drug and alcohol-free. Find information on Community Court, Drug Treatment Court, Family Treatment Court, and the STEP Program following charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI).


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Finding an Attorney for Drug Court Programs in Nassau County

Contact a criminal defense attorney in Garden City at the Law Office of Stephanie Selloni to discuss your drug case pending in Nassau County, NY. We help our clients fight for the best possible results. Drug charges under the laws of the State of New York can include possession of a controlled substance, sale of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and prescription drug forgery and fraud.

Drug court and other chemical dependency programs are not appropriate for everyone. But if you are seeking drug treatment, many good options are available through these programs that might not be available elsewhere. Contact us at 516-972-1212 for an evaluation of your case.