Intervention In Lieu of Conviction Assessment
Ohio Law Offers a Conviction Alternative for Eligible Offenders
Potentially eligible offenders may be interested in an "Intervention in lieu of conviction" (ILC) assessment. This assessment must be conducted by a certified addiction services provider, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or other appropriately credentialed professional, as ordered by the court. They then deliver a written report of the assessment with a recommended treatment and/or intervention plan to the court.
How Does an Offender Successfully Complete ILC?
If the court approves ILC, an offender must abstain from drugs and alcohol for 12 consecutive months, participate in treatment and recovery services, submit to random drug and alcohol testing, and meet any other terms the court deems appropriate. In addition to drug and/or alcohol treatment, other requirements may include educational programs, counseling, community service, making financial restitution to the victim(s), and weekly in-court reviews.
What Type of Criminal Charges are Eligible for ILC?
ILC is only available for those charged with certain felony charges, such as those associated with drug and/or alcohol offenses.Offenders are NOT eligible for ILC if they are charged with any of the following:
1) 1st, 2nd, or 3rd-degree felonies
2) Crimes of violence or specifically identified felony drug offenses (such as corrupting others and illegal manufacture of drugs);
3) Crimes subject to mandatory prison or jail time under Ohio law
4) Crimes against the elderly, youth under the age of 13, or peace officers in the course of their employment.