West Virginia Judiciary

Preston County Drug Court

Preston county drug court

Contact:
Cherity Shahan, Drug Court Coordinator
Probation Officer
101 W. Main Street, Room 102
Kingwood, WV 26537

Phone: 304-329-7087

Fax: 304-329-1064

Email: Cherity Shahan


About the Drug Court

The Preston County Drug Court Program opened April 20, 2009. It is an intense, multi-disciplinary drug abuse treatment program available to non-violent offenders with drug and/or alcohol problems. The multi-disciplinary treatment team consists of the Preston County Circuit Judge, the Drug Court Coordinator, the Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Health and Human Resources, the Community Corrections Program, probation office, the prosecutor's office, the public defender's office, and treatment officials.

Participants can earn their GED, achieve professional certifications, take college courses, and work full-time or part-time. Clients participate in monthly community service cleanup projects throughout the county in conjunction with the Community Corrections Program and the Litter Control Office. Participants spend nine hours per week in intensive substance abuse treatment, attend at least three NA meetings per week, are drug tested at least three times randomly per week, and participate in various other cognitive behavior treatment classes. The program saved the county $81,868 from April 2009 to December 2009, and $101,509 from January 2010 to August 2010 in regional jail fees.

The Preston County Drug Court celebrated its first graduation on June 20, 2010, when one person graduated.

The Preston County Drug Court is an adult drug court. It handles post-plea and probation violation cases.

Policy & Procedures Manual

court personnel involved

Circuit Judge Lawrance S. Miller, Jr., was born in Richmond, Virginia. In 1971 he received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and in 1974 received a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law. He engaged in the general practice of law in Kingwood from 1974 to 1998, when he was elected to the bench in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit (Preston County). He was re-elected in 2000 and 2008. He is a member of the West Virginia Judicial Association, Wesley United Methodist Church, and various civic organizations. Judge Miller has attended national and state seminars regarding drug courts. He has completed the National Drug Court Institute’s Adult Drug Court Planning Initiative Training Program. He also has been the presiding Preston Drug Court Judge since its inception in April 2009.

Cherity Shahan is a 1995 graduate of Preston High School and a 2000 graduate of Fairmont State College, where earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. In April 2001 she was employed by the Department of Juvenile Services in Hagerstown, Maryland, as a juvenile case manager working with adjudicated youth who were placed on supervised probation. In June 2007, a juvenile drug court opened in Washington County, Maryland, and she was the probation officer for that program. In February 2009, she became a probation officer in West Virginia and was designated to be the drug court coordinator for the Preston County Drug Court. She has been a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals since 2009 and attended trainings in 2009 in Anaheim, California, and in 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.