Drug and TASC probation is a special kind of probation because the law allows you to avoid a criminal conviction and eventually expunge your arrest record. It is one of the few ways to avoid going to jail and avoiding a permanent criminal conviction.
Under “regular” probation, a felony conviction stays on your record forever unless the Governor issues a pardon – not very common. Understanding the differences between drug, TASC and regular probation is important because it can mean the difference between having a clean record or being permanently labeled a convicted felon.
A further distinction is also necessary between drug probation and TASC probation. For drug probation, you have been charged with possessing illegal drugs. For TASC probation, the charge does not have to be drug-related, but rather, have to elect to be treated as a person with a drug problem. For example, if you are charged with Residential Burglary, you would not be eligible for drug probation or regular probation, but may be eligible for TASC probation.