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§ 780-118. Disposition in lieu of trial or criminal punishment

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 35 P.S. Health and Safety

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 35 P.S. Health and Safety (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 6. The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (Refs & Annos)
35 P.S. § 780-118
§ 780-118. Disposition in lieu of trial or criminal punishment
(a) If a person charged with a nonviolent crime claims to be drug dependent or a drug abuser and prior to trial he requests appropriate treatment, including but not limited to, admission or commitment under the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 19661 in lieu of criminal prosecution, a physician experienced or trained in the field of drug dependency or drug abuse shall be appointed by the court to examine, if necessary, and to review the accused's record and advise the government attorney, the accused and the court in writing setting forth that for the treatment and rehabilitation of the accused it would be preferable for the criminal charges to be held in abeyance or withdrawn in order to institute treatment for drug dependence, or for the criminal charges to be prosecuted. The government attorney shall exercise his discretion whether or not to accept the physician's recommendation.
(b) In the event that the government attorney does not accept the physician's recommendation, the person charged shall not be eligible for relief under this section.
(c) If the government attorney accepts the physician's advice to hold in abeyance, he shall arrange for a hearing before the appropriate court to hold in abeyance the criminal prosecution. The court, upon its approval, shall proceed to make appropriate arrangements for treatment.
(d) The government attorney, upon his own application, may institute proceedings for appropriate treatment, including but not limited to, commitment pursuant to the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1966.
(e) A criminal charge may be held in abeyance pursuant to this section for no longer than the lesser of either (i) the appropriate statute of limitations or (ii) the maximum term that could be imposed for the offense charged. At the expiration of such period, the criminal charge shall be automatically dismissed. A criminal charge may not be prosecuted except by order of court so long as the medical director of the treatment facility certifies that the accused is cooperating in a prescribed treatment program and is benefiting from treatment.
(f) Deleted by 1992, April 16, P.L. 165, No. 30, § 2, effective in 60 days.
(g) Disposition in lieu of trial as provided in this section shall be available to any person only once.

Credits

1972, April 14, P.L. 233, No. 64, § 18, eff. June 14, 1972. Amended 1972, Oct. 26, P.L. 1048, No. 263, § 1, imd. effective; 1992, April 16, P.L. 165, No. 30, § 2, effective in 60 days.

Footnotes

50 P.S. § 4401 et seq.
35 P.S. § 780-118, PA ST 35 P.S. § 780-118
Current through 2020 Regular Session Act 77. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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