Interviewer: What can your clients can do that would help their case?
It Is Advisable to Seek Treatment While the Case Is Pending
Court: Getting treatment is a very advisable course of action. If the prosecutor has a lot of evidence against you and your chances at success at trial or winning any pretrial motions are low, it is best to be proactive. There are things you can do if you think you are going to get convicted, so you can lighten the sentence that is going to be imposed on you.
One of them is treatment; treatment is always looked upon very favorably by judges. They really like to see somebody who has been proactive and realizes that they have a problem. It is always helpful to be viewed as someone that wants to get back on the right track and be a useful member of society.
You can always do that before you go through the whole court process and get convicted and sentenced; it’s almost guaranteed that you are going to have some treatment requirement in your sentence. It’s not a bad idea to go ahead and get in front of it and try to show the judge that you are trying to take care of yourself and be responsible.
You May Be Eligible for Drug Court
Then there is also some programs that you might qualify for. Drug court programs are referred to us, where you have some treatment and probation requirements that are less stringent. These include avoiding a jail sentence, which you would be facing due to a first or second time substance abuse or drug possession charge.