Alternative Sentencing for a California Drug Offense

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Many California drug offenses are punishable with incarceration, but in some cases it’s possible to obtain alternative sentencing that can help you avoid all or part of a jail sentence. Top California drug lawyers from The Kavinoky Law Firm is well-versed in every type of alternative sentencing and can help you to understand your options.

An evaluation by a qualified substance abuse expert may help persuade the court that you and society could benefit far more from alternative sentencing than from jail. The Kavinoky Law Firm includes an evaluation by a top substance abuse experts in its retainer for all cases involving drugs and alcohol.

Three types of sentence alternatives that may be available in California drug cases are a deferred entry of judgment, or DEJ; Proposition 36; and drug court. Each has its own requirements and merits, and what’s available to you will depend on the facts of your case.

A deferred entry of judgment , or DEJ, provides many defendants an excellent outcome to their California drug cases. A defendant seeking a DEJ pleads guilty to the drug offense and then is allowed to withdraw the guilty plea 18 months later if certain requirements are met.

Proposition 36 mandates treatment rather than incarceration for certain first- and second-offense low-level drug charges. Although Prop. 36 isn’t available to everyone, for many defendants it has provided a life-transforming opportunity to get clean and seek freedom from active addiction.

Drug courts are another option that may be available in your jurisdiction. Drug courts, which have been gaining in popularity over the past two decades, also emphasize treatment over incarceration. Drug courts combine intensive treatment and social services with strong oversight by a judge to ensure that defendants are complying with program requirements.

If you’re a non-violent offender charged with a California drug offense, one of these alternative sentencing programs may offer a viable alternative to a jail sentence. A skilled California drug lawyer from The Kavinoky Law Firm is ready to review your case and explain your likely options. Please contact experienced California drug lawyers today at 1.800.NO.CUFFS for a free consultation.