|If you have been convicted of committing a drug offense, you are probably nervous you will be sentenced to time in jail or prison, among other penalties. While it’s true that some drug offenders are incarcerated for their crimes, others are able to avoid going to jail or prison by serving an alternative sentence. Depending on the circumstances of your case, as well as your prior criminal history, you may be eligible for alternative sentencing.
What is Alternative Sentencing?
Alternative sentencing gives drug offenders the opportunity to attend rehab or a drug treatment program instead of serving time in jail. If you successfully complete a drug treatment program then you will not be sent to jail. Sometimes you can even avoid conviction if you successfully complete a drug treatment program. The theory behind alternative sentencing is that if you rehabilitate and help a drug offender overcome his or her addiction or reliance on drugs, then he or she will be less likely to commit a drug crime in the future.
According to our Canton DUI Attorney Michael Vereen III, in the state of Georgia, there are multiple types of alternative sentencing options available to those who qualify. To qualify for alternative sentencing, you must be facing charges for a first or second offense. The type of crime in question also comes into play. Serious offenses usually do not qualify for alternative sentencing. Furthermore, if you committed a non-violent drug offense then are also likely to qualify.
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