Have you been charged with a drug related offense in Tucson?  Have you spoken with a qualified Tucson drug defense lawyer about TASC Diversion?

If you have been charged with a crime related to the possession or use of an unlawful substance, you may be able to participate in the deferred prosecution program known as TASC.  TASC stands for Treatment Assessment Screening Center.  Those eligible for TASC diversion in Tucson will be required to complete a 3-12 month program that involves random substance testing and mandatory drug and alcohol abuse education, in addition to having to pay fees associated with the program.  If a candidate successfully completes TASC he or she may earn a complete dismissal of the criminal charges.

TASC diversion benefits both the defendant and the criminal justice system.  A criminal defendant benefits from TASC diversion by having the charge dismissed permanently upon completion of the program.  The program is designed to give offenders access to the tools they need to avoid becoming repeat offenders, thereby reducing the problem of overcrowded jails and prisons.  Furthermore, the state saves money because funding for TASC is paid for by the program participants. (i.e. defendants)

Do I Qualify for TASC Diversion in Tucson Arizona?

Not all criminal defendants charged with a drug related crime are TASC eligible.

A.R.S. 11-361 states that an individual may be eligible for deferred prosecution prior to a guilty plea or trial so long as the following are true:

  • The individual has not been previously convicted of a dangerous offense, a serious offense, or a dangerous crime against children.
  • The individual has not been convicted three or more times of personal possession of a controlled substance.
  • The individual has not been convicted three or more times or personal possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition to the above requirements a TASC participant may not contest guilt and must be personally invested in their rehabilitation.  Eligibility must be agreed upon by both the prosecution and the court.  Factors in determining whether you are TASC eligible include nature of the crime, previous criminal history, community safety, and your attitude towards rehabilitation.

Components of TASC Deferred Prosecution

TASC Diversion for Marijuana possession charges:

  • Program Length of 6 months with option for early release after 90 days.
  • Urinalysis/Drug Screening
  • Drug Education Seminar
  • Payment of Program Fees and Pima County Attorney Drug Fund Assessment Fees
  • Additional fees for counseling if client continues to test positive for marijuana or any other substance

TASC Diversion for Narcotic or dangerous drug possession charges:

  • Program Length Minimum of One Year
  • Urinalysis/Drug Screening
  • Drug Education Seminar
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • 12-Step Participation or other Self Enhancement
  • Monthly Case Management Contact
  • Payment of Program Fees and Pima County Attorney Drug Fund Assessment Fees

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Tucson contact the experienced drug defense attorneys of -AZ Criminal Defense Group, for information concerning TASC Diversion.  Our attorneys will assess whether you meet the qualifications for TASC, and if you qualify we will guide you through the TASC diversion process with ease.