If you’re facing drug charges, one option that you may have is to use a drug court instead of a traditional criminal court. This option is not available to everyone. For instance, if you have been accused of a violent crime along with a drug crime, it will likely not be used. But it can be used for many simple possession cases and other nonviolent drug offenses.
If you are eligible for a drug court, there are two major reasons to consider it, and why it could help you in your situation.
It keeps the charges off of your permanent record
The way that a drug court works is that you have to go through a treatment program and complete that program. Once you have done so, then you may be cleared without an actual criminal conviction on your record. You do have to adhere to all of the restrictions that the court gives you and follow their program, but this means you should not have future issues with things like renting an apartment or getting employment. If your main goal is to keep the charges off your record, this is one way to do it.
It treats the addiction
The second thing to remember is that a drug court is actually focused on addiction, which is at the heart of a lot of drug crimes. Sending people to prison simply prevents them from committing more crimes, but it doesn’t actually help them with the addiction that caused the criminal behavior in the first place.
As you can see, it’s quite important to understand all of the legal options you have when facing such charges.