Alternative Sentencing in Atlanta Drug Crime Cases
Are you eligible for alternative sentencing?
Many people who have been accused of committing a drug offense are eligible for alternative sentencing. Eligibility will be based upon several factors, including:
- Your criminal record
- The quantity of the controlled substance in the case
- Any weapons charges related to the offense
A recent change in law allows for more flexibility in sentencing non-violent drug offenders, and the establishment of what is called "accountability courts." The idea is to save taxpayers money through treating drug offenders rather than imposing prison sentences. The convicted individual will be screened for drugs, will be required to appear in front of the judge on a weekly basis, get a job and get an education if they are unemployed or not currently attending an educational facility.
Any violation of the rules, such as a positive drug test, a failure to appear, or failing to adhere to the policies regarding employment or education will result in jail time. At the Law Office of Matthew T. McNally, our lead drug crime attorney is a former Deputy District Attorney, and very familiar with how these programs work, and how to help you to seek alternative sentencing if you are facing charges in a drug crime case.
How an Atlanta Drug Crime Lawyer Can Help
The State of Georgia has a shocking percentage of the population either in jail, prison, on probation or parole. Currently the numbers indicate that one in 13 people are caught in the criminal justice system, and there are over 60,000 people serving time. Due to the costs involved in supporting the jail and prison systems, it has become more advantageous to seek out alternatives to jail or prison for non-violent offenders. If you have been arrested and charged for any drug crime, get in touch with our firm.
There can be a quick determination about your eligibility for alternative sentencing. If you don't qualify, there are still options, including seeking an acquittal at trial. There are many cases that involve police misconduct, lab errors, civil rights violations, or other serious errors that can lead to a full case dismissal or a not guilty verdict. Read about our firm's past case results so you know what we have achieved in the past.
Get help on alternative sentencing from a seasoned drug crime attorney in Atlanta who is a former Deputy District Attorney. Call now.