CLEAN AND SOBER 15 GRADUATE FROM COUNTY DRUG COURT'S FIRST CLASS.Byline: Michael Coit Daily News Staff Writer
A yearlong year·long
Lasting one year.
Adj. 1. yearlong - lasting through a year; "attending yearlong courses"
long - primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or struggle to stay clean and sober turned around David Collier's life and earned him a place in the first graduating class produced by the Ventura County Drug Court.
The Moorpark College Moorpark College is a California-state funded community college located on a 134 acre (542,000 m²) property reclining on a hill in Moorpark, a town in Ventura County, California. student is one of 15 men and women to complete the intensive treatment program launched in April of last year. At age 21, Collier was the youngest in the class.
Ventura Municipal Court Judge Barry Klopfer recognized their efforts during a ceremony Tuesday, formally vacating their guilty pleas and dismissing the misdemeanor misdemeanor, in law, a minor crime, in contrast to a felony. At common law a misdemeanor was a crime other than treason or a felony. Although it might be a grave offense, it did not affect the feudal bond or take away the offender's property. By the 19th cent. narcotics narcotics n. 1) techinically, drugs which dull the senses. 2) a popular generic term for drugs which cannot be legally possessed, sold, or transported except for medicinal uses for which a physician or dentist's prescription is required. cases that placed them in Drug Court.
``This past year, it's been really hard, but it's been a lot of fun,'' Collier told a Hall of Justice courtroom packed with court officials, attorneys, treatment providers, family and friends. ``I've experienced things that I've never experienced sober before.''
Collier said he struggled to stop drinking alcohol and using methamphetamine methamphetamine (mĕth'ămfĕt`əmēn): see amphetamine; methedrine. . Now he wants to complete college and work in substance abuse counseling.
Klopfer, who led the difficult effort to establish Drug Court, said the commencement was a way to recognize the ``courage, strength and determination'' of the program's initial success stories.
``Against all odds, this group has proved themselves,'' said Klopfer, who noted that completing the program is only a beginning. ``Recovery is not a destination, it's a journey.''
Following the lead of courts in other states, the Ventura County Drug Court offers a way to keep offenses off criminal records for people arrested on misdemeanor narcotics violations that don't include a serious crime.
The Drug Court team has reviewed the cases of 350 people and so far about 90 have been accepted, said Bob Holland, the county Alcohol and Drug Program official who refers cases to Drug Court.
Holland said the 15 graduates from an initial group of 34 demonstrates that intensive recovery programs are effective.
``Who says recovery doesn't work,'' he said. ``There's recovery out there. You've got to look for it, you've got to work hard at it.''
County probation officers probation officer
1. An official usually attached to a juvenile court and charged with the care of juvenile delinquents.
2. An official charged with supervising convicts at large on suspended sentence or probation. recognized the Drug Court participants they worked with, prompting loud applause as graduates described problems and obstacles they overcame to earn a place in the first graduating class.
Klopfer said an important factor in gaining acceptance to the program is a willingness to stay clean and follow the treatment and supervision. The judge noted that several people have turned down offers to enter the program.
Drug Court is designed for people who could face up to a year in jail for being under the influence of a narcotic narcotic, any of a number of substances that have a depressant effect on the nervous system. The chief narcotic drugs are opium, its constituents morphine and codeine, and the morphine derivative heroin.
See also drug addiction and drug abuse. . There can be no evidence of selling or transporting, or charges of violence or threatened violence.
If accepted, a defendant must plead plead v. 1) in civil lawsuits and petitions, the filing of any document (pleading) including complaints, petitions, declarations, motions, and memoranda of points and authorities. guilty and sign a contract. Each defendant has an opportunity to back out before being placed on formal probation and entering either an outpatient outpatient /out·pa·tient/ (-pa-shent) a patient who comes to the hospital, clinic, or dispensary for diagnosis and/or treatment but does not occupy a bed.
n. or residential treatment program.