TASC is an abbreviation for Treatment Assessment Screening Center. It’s a not-for-profit deferred prosecution program available to certain drug offenders in Arizona. The program is based on the belief that rehabilitation should be available to certain drug offenders instead of incarceration and other criminal penalties. If a person is arrested for a drug offense and is eligible for TASC, successful completion of the program results in the drug charges against them being permanently dismissed.
A person seeking a TASC deferred prosecution must do so prior to entry of a guilty plea or commencement of a trial. They can’t have any convictions for dangerous or serious offenses or dangerous crimes against children. They also cannot have been convicted of personal possession of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia more than three times. Other factors are also weighed in consideration of entry into the program, like having the ability to pay for it. All fees charged by TASC must be fully paid to earn the dismissal.
If the defendant, prosecution and judge agree to TASC, completion of a program lasting up to one year is required, depending on the agreement. Treatment consists of drug and alcohol education while being subject to random drug testing.
TASC does not allow a person participating in the program to consume any drugs or alcohol. When notified that it’s time for a drug test, the person in the program must report to TASC by the end of the business day to provide a urine sample. If compliant, the person remains in the program. If any drugs or alcohol are found in the urine sample, the prosecution and court are notified, and the drug charges will be reinstated. The person is then exposed to the full range of penalties, including a jail or prison sentence.
TASC helps both the person charged with a drug offense and the criminal justice system. Upon successful completion of the program, the participant gains a permanent dismissal of the drug charge, while the time of prosecutors and judges is freed up for keeping us safe from the really bad people out there. Participants leave with the life skills that they need to avoid becoming repeat offenders, and the state saves valuable taxpayer dollars.
If you’ve been charged with a drug offense in Arizona, you’ll want to inquire into TASC for deferred prosecution of your case. It benefits everybody. For a free case review, give our office a call to schedule an appointment. We can be reached 24 hours a day by calling (602) 737-2812 or by using our confidential email form.