Being handcuffed, placed in a police car, booked into jail and charged with a criminal offense, can be frightening and stressful. Sometimes people understand the process; sometimes, they don’t.

Although you may not fully understand the extent of the charges against you, you realize that your freedom could be at stake.

Looking at the statistics

From 1983 to 2015, the imprisoned population in New Jersey has increased by 134%. Per the most recent data, in 2018, there were 19,041 inmates in the prison system.

Although there has been an increase in incarceration rates across America since 1970, sometimes, a person may receive treatment or rehabilitation as an alternative to a prison sentence.

Can drug charges result in rehabilitation instead of incarceration?

Instead of imprisonment, non-violent criminal offenders may receive a substance abuse rehabilitation sentence. The goal of rehab is to treat the person’s addiction and prevent future drug use.

If a person has been using drugs for an extended period, it becomes incredibly difficult for them to quit. When they stop using the drug, their body goes through withdrawal. Some withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Aches
  • Mood changes

The symptoms a person may face depends on the drugs they are using along with other factors. Often, the withdrawal symptoms can trigger a relapse for those who don’t receive treatment.

If a person has a drug addiction and is facing criminal charges, they may be eligible for rehabilitation.

Most of the time, it is in a defendant’s best interest to exercise their right to legal counsel. An attorney may be able to advocate for rehab instead of imprisonment.