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A referral may be made by a Judge, State’s Attorney, Private Attorney, Public Defender, or Police Officer. The request for a program application will usually be made at the defendant’s first court appearance.
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An applicant must pay a $70 non-refundable application and drug testing fee. A positive drug test will not keep a defendant out of the program.
An applicant must schedule an interview with an Assistant State’s Attorney. If the defendant is not rejected after this meeting and if the applicant meets all the necessary requirements for acceptance into the program, a meeting with Alternative Prosecution Citizen’s Panel will be scheduled.
After the Assistant State’s Attorney reviews the file, and if the applicant is accepted into the program, the defendant will sign a program agreement, and plead guilty in open court at the next scheduled court date.
Yes, the defendant will be assessed additional fees and will be ordered to pay any outstanding restitution.
The program will last approximately one year.