You May Be Able To Avoid A Drug Conviction

If you have been charged with a drug crime, drug diversion or rehabilitation programs are available to avoid convictions and/or punishments. A "diversion" program is intended to allow a person accused of a drug offense to address addictive use by participating in a rehabilitative alternative to jail. And while the California legislature has recognized that many people in the criminal justice system are in need of help rather than debilitating convictions or punishments, not every person accused is statutorily eligible for participation in these programs.

An experienced attorney, with knowledge of the many programs and statutory alternatives to conviction and punishment, can help navigate a complicated area of the law to best serve a client’s needs. The attorneys at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP are particularly skilled in negotiating away what might otherwise be ineligible charges, and finding the most suitable program to meet the needs of a client.

Considering Drug Rehabilitation And Diversion Programs?

Just because a client is presumptively eligible for a drug treatment or diversion program does not mean the lawyers at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP will recommend such a course. The first determination is whether the prosecution can, with admissible evidence, prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Many cases are filed on the basis of evidence that has been illegally seized or might otherwise be inadmissible against a client. It is only in the case that a client risks being convicted should a diversion program be considered. This is because many programs only permit one "bite at the apple," and future eligibility may be lost by a prior participation.

The attorneys at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP know your rights. They can assess whether the police have acted properly and in accordance with the state and federal constitution in detaining, searching, seizing evidence and arresting you. You are entitled to address these violations without giving up your right to diversion. Questions about illegal searches and seizures can be complex. Only after a thorough review of the evidence in the case and all police reports should consideration be given to participation in a rehabilitation or diversion program. The attorneys at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP have both the experience and reputation to properly evaluate the need for a program in light of the legality of a search or an arrest, and to advocate for an amendment where a client might not otherwise be eligible for diversion or a rehabilitation program.

Formal And Informal Diversion And Proposition 36

Once eligibility for treatment has been established, and all other alternatives to the dismissal of charges explored, you may have a criminal proceeding suspended, at which point you might be eligible to enter a drug rehabilitation program for up to 18 months. When you have completed the program, the criminal charges will be dismissed and your record will remain clean. Each alternative to prosecution has differing rules governing the completion of a program.

The attorneys at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP, can assist you in determining which program will benefit you in terms of health, cost, convenience, preservation of employment and maintenance of family and other commitments.

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The lawyers at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP understand your full range of options, and will make sure you have access to the help you need. Your call will not be met with an answering machine or voicemail.

Personal service at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP, means that a live operator will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with you and place you in immediate contact with an attorney who will be glad to address your needs and questions.

With offices located in the Livermore, Pleasanton Judicial District, our attorneys are available to appear throughout Northern California. Contact them today for a free initial consultation.

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