Addiction is the underlying cause of many significant criminal issues. Many people in jail for drug offenses may have an addiction to the substance that they got caught using, possessing or manufacturing. Addiction can also lead to secondary criminal offenses like theft if someone doesn’t have enough income to support their habit.
Even if you are a functional addict who can maintain their job, care for their family and still indulge in their substance of choice, the risk of getting arrested is always there. If the police catch you attempting to buy a drug or with it in your possession, you could soon find yourself in court responding to allegations that you committed a drug crime.
Acknowledging that addiction led to your offense could potentially open up new ways for you to minimize the impact of those charges.
North Carolina has adult drug treatment court for addicts
Most people accused of a drug-based offense will have to go to criminal court to defend themselves. They may wind up serving time in jail or probation.
Even once they pay their debt to society by serving their sentences, those convicted with a drug offense will have a criminal record that limits their future opportunities. Although some people will eventually qualify for an expungement or sealing of the record, it could be years before they can take such steps.
Thankfully, North Carolina does have adult drug treatment courts that offer an alternative to the traditional process in the criminal justice system. Provided that your circumstances qualify you for adjudication in the adult drug treatment courts, you could avoid prison and a criminal record.
How does drug treatment court work?
Instead of defending yourself against criminal allegations, you acknowledge that you have made a mistake and that your criminal offense stems from chemical dependence.
You will have to go through drug rehabilitation programs and submit yourself to court oversight, often including random drug screenings. Provided that you complete all of the necessary steps, when you exit the drug treatment court system, you will not have a criminal conviction on your record. You may also have your addiction under control.
Understanding how the drug treatment courts work can help those facing drug charges decide the best way to defend themselves.