In California, an option is given to those who commit drug-related crimes. These courts are specifically designed to provide an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system, which is used for every other type of crime. This becomes an option for anyone who has been charged with a non-violent drug offense. They aim to reduce recidivism and substance abuse and increase the likelihood of rehabilitation for offenders, as well as monitor those who have committed these crimes with probation supervision and more.
The point of the drug courts is a very good one: They were put in place to provide access to rehabilitative services to minimize the use of incarceration as a punishment. With supervision and monitoring for months to years, offenders can learn how to live their lives without substance abuse looming overhead. There are also services that address the impact on how drug abuse can affect your family.
How Drug Court and Traditional Court Differ
There are many downsides to having committed a drug crime and going through the traditional court method, which is why drug court was invented. Traditional court varies greatly because it is adversarial and the court has limited role in the supervision of the defendant after they have committed their crime, offering no help for rehabilitation in many cases. If they do offer treatment programs, they are of variable lengths and intensity and relapse statistics are high. In drug court, the court team works together to achieve the goal of rehabilitation and creates individualized structured treatment programs depending on the nature of the offense, which suits the needs of the defendant.
Drug court is known to be more “cooperative,” a method that helps the defendant collaborate with team members who offer their support. If you have been charged with a non-violent drug crime, call us today. We are waiting to hear from you and find out how we can assist you with your needs.