Attorney Michael Riley
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Pretrial Drug Education

Know Your Options

The Drug Education Program, or “DEP,” is a program for defendants charged with Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of certain quantities of Marijuana. Defendants charged with Sale, or Possession With Intent to Sell, are only able to use DEP if the prosecutor is convinced to lower the charges.

If DEP is granted, the defendant will be required to abide by all court orders, complete community service, and attend either drug education classes or substance abuse treatment. If the defendant is successful, the charges will be dismissed. Some defendants may be able to use DEP multiple times.

The Drug Education Program is not guaranteed. If a judge denies an DEP application, the State’s Attorney will likely prosecute the defendant. If the program is denied there is a greater chance that the case will result in a criminal record, incarceration, and in some cases, felony conviction.

A Connecticut criminal defense attorney can offer skill and guidance to any defendant who may be eligible for the Pretrial Drug Education and Community Service Program. A lawyer will walk you through the DEP application process, negotiate with the State’s Attorney on your behalf, and argue your case before a Judge of the Superior Court. An experienced attorney can help you make an effective presentation to the court, and increase your chances of getting the program granted.

Attorney Michael Riley has fought hard over the years to have his clients admitted into the Drug Education Program. If you are facing a drug or narcotics case in Connecticut, don’t go it alone. Call Attorney Riley today to schedule a free consultation.  

Attorney Michael Riley handles cases from Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, Trumbull, Fairfield, Stratford, Easton, Monroe, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Darien, New Canaan, Greenwich, and other towns throughout New Haven County and Fairfield County.

PRETRIAL DRUG EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM

C.G.S. § 54-56i

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL (DRUG DEPENDENT)

C.G.S. § 21a-277

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL (NON-DEPENDENT)

C.G.S. § 21a-278

POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHENALIA

C.G.S. § 21a-267

POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS

C.G.S. § 21a-279

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA

C.G.S. § 21a-279(c)

C.G.S. § 21a-279a

POSSESSION WITH INTENT WITHIN 1500 FEET OF SCHOOL ZONE

C.G.S. § 21a-278a