Julie Castille
415 South Main Street
St. Martinville, LA. 70582
337-394-2220
Adult Drug Court Division
The 16th Judicial District Adult Drug Court first began in St. Mary Parish in 1997 with Judge William Hunter. The program expanded to Iberia Parish in April of 1998 with Judge Gerard Wattigny. Currently, Adult Drug Court is handled by Judge Keith Comeaux in St. Martin Parish, Judge James McClelland in St. Mary Parish and Judge Gerard Wattigny in Iberia Parish.

What is Drug Court

"Drug treatment courts" were developed in Florida in the early 1990s as an alternative to traditional criminal justice prosecution for drug-related offenses. These courts combine the close supervision of the judicial process with resources available through alcohol and drug treatment services. The goals of Drug Court are to reduce recidivism of drug-related offenses and to create options within the criminal justice system for effective and appropriate responses to offenders who commit crimes to support their drug habit.

Qualifications

Offenders may qualify if charged with non-violent misdemeanor or felony offenses, provided substance abuse is the source of criminal behavior and is directly related to substance abuse.

Prospective clients are evaluated by the Intake/Probation Officer and then referred to Fairview Outpatient Treatment Center of New Iberia or Bayou Vista in St. Mary Parish for the second evaluation.

Once offenders meet the criteria to enter the program, and the victim is notified, they plead guilty to their offense and immediately begin intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment along with intensive probation.

Process

The program is broken up into phases with each phase requiring the clients to attend treatment sessions. As they progress through the different phases the amount of treatment sessions they attend weekly decreases. Throughout the entire program, clients are required to:

Clients meet with the Drug Court Judge and probation officer on a regular basis in order to be evaluated to determine the clients progress or lack there of so that incentives and sanctions can be provided by the court. If the client successfully completes treatment and probation, charges are dismissed from their record.

Sanctions may include jail and community service; halfway houses; additional outpatient treatment and any other activity that the court feels is appropriate to address undesired behavior. If clients do not successfully complete Drug Court, their probation is revoked and they are sentenced by the sentencing judge.

In connection with the Adult Drug Court Program, the 16th Judicial District Courts and District Attorney's Office has implemented a Juvenile Drug Court Program, click here for more information on the Juvenile Drug Court Program.

Drug Court Contact

Rachael J. Huval, Intake/Probation Officer
Courthouse Building,
New Iberia, La. 70560
337-369-4420

Corinne Thornton
Courthouse Building
Franklin, La. 70538
337-828-4100 ext. 117


 

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