The Drug Court Program is not an easy way out, but it allows first-time nonviolent offenders to redirect their lives. The program began in 1996 and uses the latest methods to break the cycle of addiction so prevalent in our society today. Through the intensively personalized and controlled restoration process, thousands have graduated from Drug Court and received a dismissal of the charge that put them in jail. Members stay in the program for a minimum of six months and undergo frequent drug tests, receive counseling, and are required to perform community service. A defendant who completes the program will not receive a conviction. However, if a defendant does not meet the program, they will be sentenced to any other belief.