After contact with the law

//After contact with the law
After contact with the law 2018-07-04T03:22:53+00:00

Many people come into contact with police and the legal system as a consequence of behaviour related to alcohol and other drug use. Palmerston offers various programs to assist people to change their behaviour and to fulfil their responsibilities. These services are free.

Court Diversion

If you have been charged with an offence or offences to which you are pleading guilty, ask a lawyer or the diversion officer at the court if you can be assessed for a diversion program called POP (pre-sentencing opportunity program). If you are assessed as suitable and the magistrate agrees, your sentencing will be postponed for about eight weeks and you will be referred to a convenient service to attend counselling appointments until your next court appearance. This gives you the opportunity and support to make the changes you want to make and for the magistrate to take your efforts into consideration at sentencing.

Community based orders and parole orders

Counselling is often a component of orders when people have experienced alcohol or other drug issues and when this is related to legal offenses. By attending counselling, you will be fulfilling some of the requirements of your order and giving yourself the opportunity to reflect, plan and make changes. We will work with you to achieve the goals you set for yourself.

Cannabis Intervention Sessions

If you have been issued with an infringement notice to attend a cannabis intervention session, the police will advise you to contact the booking service to make an appointment for counselling. The number to call is 1800 722 362. This and other information is on the back of the infringement notice. If you are unable to attend the appointment, please contact the booking service. Your counselling session will take about 90 minutes to complete.

Other Drug Intervention Sessions

If you have been issued with an infringement notice to attend other drug intervention sessions, the police will advise you to contact the booking service to make an appointment for counselling. The number to call is 1800 722 362. This and other information is on the back of the infringement notice. If you are unable to attend the appointment, please contact the booking service. An ODIS order involves three counselling sessions provided by a qualified alcohol and other drug counsellor. These sessions are free and will take about an hour each.

Alcohol Interlock Scheme

If you have received a letter advising you to book alcohol assessment and treatment it is important that you call the booking service on 1800 722 362 for an appointment. They will help you book your first appointment with a counsellor at an alcohol and other drug service. The program consists of six counselling sessions provided by a qualified alcohol and other drug counsellor. These sessions are free and will take about an hour each.