According to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Crime Report, in 2013 more than 138,000 Texans were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, with individuals between the ages of 20 – 24 being the largest group of arrestees.
A slight majority of arrestees were charged with possession of marijuana, but possession of a controlled substance includes having any of the following drugs in your care, custody, control or management:
For many of these individuals drug addiction is the root cause of their crimes. In 2012, 43.9% of all individuals admitted to treatment facilities were there for addiction to a controlled substance.
Drug addiction is a serious problem that places a heavy physical, emotional and financial toll not only on the individuals and families affected by it, but on the community as well. Arresting and prosecuting drug crimes eats up valuable time and resources of police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and the court.
Placing addicts in jail does little to help, and having a conviction on their record may make it difficult for them to obtain future employment, which will only help feed the cycle of addiction and leave them feeling they have no choice but to continue in the drug trade.
Treatment, especially when received early, makes all the difference.
That is why in all cases involving first-time offenders, our Celina drug crimes attorney will evaluate the facts of the case to determine whether you are eligible to participate in a pre-trial diversion program.
To be eligible for participation in the pre-trial diversion program, you must:
- Be represented by an attorney
- Agree to a period of supervision by the Collin County Community Supervision Department
- Agree to other conditions as required, which, depending on the crime involved, may include community service, restitution to victims, classes, treatment
- Agreement to not engage in further criminal activity
In exchange, the prosecutor agrees that after successful completion of the pre-trial diversion program, all charges against you will be dismissed. You may also be eligible for an order of expunction, which will allow you to legally deny that a case was ever brought against you.
Celina Drug Crimes Attorney: Working to Find Solutions
If you or your loved one has been arrested for any drug crimes charge, the Celina drug crimes attorneys at Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC, can help. We have handled thousands of drug cases and understand that for many arrestees, treatment for their addiction – not jail – is the solution. The drug crimes attorneys at Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC, have a thorough understanding of all drug crimes charges, and will work with the prosecution to get you into a pre-trial diversion program if the facts of your case make you eligible. Contact our Celina office today at (877) 538-8640 to schedule your free initial consultation.