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A referral or a request can be made by a Judge, the State’s Attorney’s Office, a Public Defender, or a Private Attorney. If deemed an appropriate candidate by the State’s Attorney’s Office, the defendant will be asked to fill out and submit a Program application.
An applicant must pay a $70, non-refundable application and drug testing fee.
An applicant must schedule an interview with an Assistant State’s Attorney. Prior to the interview, the applicant must pay the application fee and take an initial drug test. A positive drug test will not, on its own, prevent an applicant from being accepted into the Program.
The applicant’s case will be given a court date in the assigned APP courtroom. At that time, the APP agreement will be entered in the court. The defendant will be required to adhere to all of the terms of their agreement and complete all necessary obligations, including submitting a monthly check-in form to the State’s Attorney’s Office and coming to court when requested.
Yes, the defendant will be assessed additional fees and court costs, as well as be ordered to pay any restitution, if applicable.
The Program lasts approximately one (1) year.