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Drug charges: Diversionary programs


When someone is charged with a crime, one of the first things that comes to mind is the possible consequences of a conviction. Depending on the severity of the charge, a conviction can mean anything from probation to significant prison time. In some cases, it may be possible to challenge the evidence and get the case dismissed, but there is another option as well: diversionary programs.

In Connecticut, there are several pretrial diversionary programs that are designed to help the defendant and reduce the chances of a repeat offense. Those faced with drug charges may be able to take advantage of the Drug Education and Community Service Program or Accelerated Rehabilitation. If someone charged with a drug crime is also an addict, the person may be able to have the case suspended until he or she has completed treatment.

It is important to remember that while diversionary programs and drug dependence treatment are options in some cases, they are not rights. Drug crimes carry an especially heavy stigma in today's society, and the defense must overcome any obstacles, such as opposition from any alleged victims. In addition, the defense must convince the prosecutor, judge and program that you should be granted entrance.

If an application for a diversionary program is denied, there are still many defense options. We can help you understand the pros and cons of strategies such as entering a guilty plea or going to trial. It is easy for defendants to become overwhelmed with the many different aspects of a drug crimes case, but we can help guide you through each step.