Drug-related charges could be heard in drug court

If you’re accused of a drug crime, you could be facing federal charges. The good news for you is that there are alternative penalties that could apply to your case, even if you are convicted.

Alternative penalties, such as going through drug court and obtaining addiction treatment in lieu of a prison sentence, could be the best bet for you if the case against you is solid.

Should you seek to work with a drug court for drug-related offenses?

Yes, because these courts are designed to help people like yourself get treatment for addiction in place of prison. If you are a nonviolent offender and this is your first offense, you have the best opportunity to go through an alternative program.

Why do drug courts exist today when they didn’t in the past?

Drug courts are a reaction to the overwhelming overuse of prison when sentencing people for addiction-related crimes. By offering drug treatment, the goal is to reduce the number of people ending up in the prison system in Pennsylvania and to reduce the overall cost of prison-related services in the state. Treatment can also help reduce the number of people who re-offend, helping prevent criminal acts in the future.

These are good reasons to consider going through the drug court if you are charged with your first drug offense. The court wants to help you, which could be a turning point in your life. If you do want to fight your charges, that is also an option. Your attorney can talk to you about the various opportunities for lighter sentences and what you need to do to avoid harsh penalties.