The United States criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people. Of those 2.3 million people, 208,000 people are in prison on a drug conviction. Fortunately, the justice system is compliant with non-violent drug offenders and does allow you to avoid jail by going to drug rehab. Although rules differ with each case and the jurisdiction, it’s more than likely you can avoid prison through compromise.
Here is everything you need to know about avoiding jail time by going to drug rehab:
Drug Addiction & Crime
Addicts, whether it be illegal drugs, prescription medications, or even alcohol, often take part in a non-violent crime. Non-violent crimes can be petty theft or even drug trafficking. For addicts who are under the influence or fighting addiction, they are out of character and participate in crimes they most likely wouldn’t have if they weren’t addicts. Drugs affect the way we make decisions, therefore, addicts tend to take part in non-violent crimes.
Get Treatment, Avoid Jail
There are a few ways the court goes about convicting non-violent drug offenders. Unfortunately, approximately 25 percent of prisoners are almost all non-violent and lower-level offenders. It’s true that most of these prisoners would be better off in treatment programs, serving the community or completing probation. There has been an overwhelming amount of press around this topic. The judicial system has taken notice and there are many people who have compromised with treatment in order to avoid prison time.
Am I Eligible for Treatment?
The answer differs from case to case. Consult with an experienced criminal lawyer to discuss your eligibility for avoiding jail by going to drug rehab. Depending on the jurisdiction, there are a few determining factors.
First of all, this needs to be your first or possibly second offense. You must not have a history of violence or sexual assault. Secondly, you are a non-violent offender. Your drug addiction had to contribute to the crime you committed. Whether you were under the influence of a drug or arrested on a drugs crime, the drugs must contribute to the crime.
If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, opting for treatment instead of jail time is also an option. Ultimately, the offender must be willing to commit to any course of treatment that the court assigns.
Drug Rehab Effectiveness
Of the 20 million Americans abusing drugs, there are only about 2 million people seeking and receiving treatment for their addiction. As we discussed, those who are addicted to drugs are often involved in criminal activity. Each offender is different, therefore, prison or jail time is not always the best course of action. Instead of locking more people up in mass incarceration and allowing the drug and jail cycle to continue, ordering mandatory drug rehab can be more effective in saving lives and decreasing the financial burden of funding prisons in our economy.
Avoiding jail by going to drug rehab is possible, and has proven to be more beneficial to the social and judicial system of America. If you or a loved one has been involved in a drug-related crime, contact a Broward Criminal Lawyer you can trust. Michael A. Gottlieb is experienced, bold, and aggressive. Begin the process of entering drug rehab in lieu of jail time with a free consultation. (954) 641-8129