Basically put, the Adult Drug Court is not all that different than the juvenile component. Although adults are "found guilty" and juveniles are "found in violation". An adult can enter a "guilty" or "not guilty" plea and juveniles can only "admit" or "deny" the charges against them. Adult Drug Court attempts to deal with those adults over 18 years of age that are in one of several categories, for example:
Intervention In Lieu - An adult who is considered to be "Intervention In Lieu" or what is commonly referred to, as "Treatment In Lieu" is probably the easiest and most rewarding of all categories for an offender. This type of classification means that once you successfully complete all requirements of MCSAC and providing that you have been active in the program for at least 12 consecutive months, and met all other court requirements a recommendation is sent to the Prosecuting Attorney's office to have your pending conviction dismissed leaving the offender with a felony-free record. However, a person that chooses to be terminated unsuccessfully from MCSAC can be ordered back into Court to facing "sentencing" resulting in possible incarceration in a prison like facility.
Post-Conviction - The term "Post Conviction" simply means that the person has already plead guilty or was found guilty of a particular crime and has already learned what the consequences for their criminal lifestyle will be as a result of that Felony level conviction.
A person in Drug Court having been convicted has the opportunity to ensure they never see the inside of a correctional facility as defined in their sentencing orders by the Judge, providing they complete the required 12 to 18 months of MCSAC successfully. Depending on the level of conviction and what is required, this type of offender could have his or her Community Control Sanctions (probation) reduced considerably.
Post-Release - This type of status refers to an offender who has served any part of their "residential sanctions" in either a halfway house; community based correctional facility or even a state institution as a result of a plea agreement or sentencing order by a Judge. The ultimate reward here would be to have the offender�s sentencing modified in some fashion upon successful completion of MCSAC, thus reducing the offender's chances of returning to prison and successfully completing his or her community control sanctions (probation) while remaining free to work, go to school and/or remaining an otherwise productive citizen.