Criminal Defense in Orange County

About Orange County's Collaborative Courts & How They Help Criminal Offenders

Orange County has implemented specialty courts that focus on rehabilitating criminal offenders, rather than incarcerating them. According to the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, these collaborative courts are "problem solving courts that specialize in addressing underlying issues that may be present in the lives of persons who come before the court on criminal matters."

More and more counties in California are realizing that incarceration isn't always the answer, especially considering that at the root of most criminal offenses is an addiction, a mental illness, or psychological disorder. These programs have proven to reduce the recidivism rate – repeat offenders – while simultaneously reducing Orange County's inmate population.

California, and the United States as a whole, incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country in the world. Incarceration rates in our nation have peaked as high as 743 adults per 100,000 residents. If you have been arrested for a criminal offense in Orange County, you may be able to have your case handled in a collaborative court. Offenders who qualify for collaborative court are usually lower-level, non-violent offenders.

Orange County has collaborative courts and alternative programs for both adult and juvenile offenders. These programs include a drug court, DUI court, a court for the homeless, a veterans court, and various others. Each of these courts work with the offender and third party wellness organizations to rehabilitate the offender so they do not end up back in the justice system. If you would like to learn more about Orange County's collaborative courts, visit the Superior Court's website or speak with Attorney Barney Gibbs today about your case.