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9. DEJ and Diversion

Preguilty Plea Drug Court Program

In contrast to deferred entry of judgment and Proposition 36 programs, some counties have established preguilty plea drug court programs. In these programs criminal proceedings are suspended without a plea of guilty by the defendant. [PC §1000.5(a).]

Various forms of therapy, drug testing, education, and court monitoring are provided. Upon successful completion of the program, the underlying arrest is deemed never to have occurred. [PC §§1000.3, 1000.5.]

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