New Jersey Drug Court Information

Drug Court may be a practical option in some cases where a defendant is facing a lengthy prison term. In order to avoid serving time in a state prison, repeat offenders or defendant’s who are charged with first or second degree drug distribution charges may apply to a program called Drug Court. The Drug Court program addresses cases that are associated with non-violent but drug related. The focus of this program is on the treatment and rehabilitation for drug offender participants. Drug Court is a collaboration between criminal justice officials and drug treatment professionals to provide support to the recovery of a participant through therapeutic interventions, frequent drug testing and mandatory court appearances. William Proetta Criminal Law represents clients who have been charged with serious drug charges such as distribution of marijuana, possession of cocaine, and heroin distribution throughout New Jersey including HobokenBayonneNorth BergenWeehawkenSecaucusKearny, and Jersey City. If you have any questions regarding Drug Court, our office can assist you. Contact us today at (201) 793-8018.


The Hudson County Superior Court is one of several counties in New Jersey with a Drug Court program. According to guidelines of the Drug Court Manual, a defendant may be eligible for drug court under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-14 (Special Probation for prison-bound offenders) or N.J.S.A. 2C:45-1 (Ordinary Probation). Requirements include: employment, intense supervision, random and frequent drug testing, and periodic court appearances. The duration of the Drug Court program is different for each defendant and is normally reflective of how prison exposure they were facing for the charges.
Information on the Hudson County Drug Court Program is listed below, for more information you can call the drug coordinator at Tel. (201) 795-6882:

Hudson County Courthouse: 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07306

Drug Court Judge: Sheila A. Venable, P.J.S.C.

Drug Court Coordinator: Patricia Dell Osso, L.S.W.


The Drug Court program is beneficial to individuals who could be facing charges that require extended time in prison. Although it is considered an alternative to prison, the program should be taken very seriously. Once accepted into the program you must fulfill all of its requirements because if you fail to meet any requirement, it will result in your immediate termination from the program and you will have to complete the remaining time in state prison. As founding attorney, William A. Proetta, has been successful in helping clients avoid a lengthy prison sentence by negotiating with prosecutors and securing their admittance into the Drug Court program. If you are serious about putting your charges behind you and think Drug Court may be an option for you, then contact our office, conveniently located in Jersey City, at (201) 793-8018.