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Jail Alternatives for Drugs in California

Several weeks ago, our blog discussed various options for alternative sentencing in California. These options included probation, community service or rehab. Much more can be said about the alternative sentencing options for drug crimes in California. In some cases, you can seek alternatives to jail if you are being charged with a drug crime.

Addiction is a complex public health issue that has led to overcrowding in prisons and jails. California courts recognize this fact and may approve alternative sentence options. These options may include but are not limited to:

  1. Outpatient or inpatient rehab: You may be given the option of enrolling in an outpatient drug rehabilitation program. With an outpatient program, you generally meet regularly with a licensed chemical dependency counselor (or LCDC) or group throughout the week. Outpatient programs are often flexible and may allow you to schedule appointments around work hours. Inpatient programs are what is traditionally associated with the word “rehab.” Most inpatient programs last for 30 to 90 days. There are additional treatment programs that may be offered in California.
  2. Fines and community service: Fines and community service are very common for drug charges, even if it is your first offense.
  3. Drug testing: You could be asked to submit to randomized and frequent drug tests as a condition of formal probation.
  4. Staying employed: You could be required to stay employed as a condition of formal probation.
  5. Electronic monitoring: The judge could require you to wear an electronic monitoring device if you are on a formal probation. This may sometimes be required in conjunction with house arrest.

Contact Our San Jose Criminal Defense Lawyers for More Information

We have only briefly touched on the possible alternative sentencing options for drug charges in California. You can speak to one of the San Jose criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, LLP. if you have questions about alternative sentencing options for drug crimes.


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