The Michigan criminal justice system has continued a trend of an array of specialty courts to serve our community. The leader of these courts is “Drug Court,” which allows those with addictions to drugs and alcohol to potentially preserve their futures. The goal of “Drug Court” is to offer an option to incarceration for those that are genuinely in need of help and desire to make a change. How are “Drug Courts” handled across the state depends on several factors. The goal today is to provide insight into how “Drug Court” works and the requirements involved.
When we look at “Drug Court” from a broad perspective, it is not an easy program to become a part of. There are strict requirements, and the participants are held to very high standards. If one does not graduate from “Drug Court,” they are generally faced with severe punishment. The point of harsh punishment is to motivate the participants to strive towards success in the program. While Michigan speaks of uniformity of law, the application of drug court and specialty courts, in general, is different from county to county. We talked to different several of the top attorneys in the State of Michigan to gain their insight into the issue.
William Amadeo is a partner at McManus and Amadeo in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is known as the top criminal defense lawyer in Washtenaw County and provided insight into the issue when he said, “Drug Court is a great opportunity. When we have a client that is a good fit for Drug Court, we approach it in a far different view than most other attorneys. We have a 6-point plan that we put into effect, and our success rate in helping clients has increased since Matthew McManus developed the concept.”