Drug Diversion/DEJ Programs
Avoid jail and get an opportunity for a clean slate with drug diversion
Have you been accused of a non-violent drug offense? You may qualify for one of California’s drug diversion or Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ) programs.
California’s drug diversion programs are designed to address the underlying issue of addiction which often fuels non-violent drug crime. Rather than being sentenced to jail or prison, participants in drug diversion programs will complete a drug treatment program including counseling and drug testing. They may also be subject to probation, with all the restrictions that entails. Upon successful completion of the program, participants become eligible to have their drug conviction dismissed so it will not appear on their permanent record or affect their future.
Find the Right Drug Diversion Program for You
The laws on California’s drug diversion programs are complex, with many eligibility requirements and restrictions. As your drug defense lawyer, Perlmutter & Pourshalimi can help you get enrolled in the drug diversion program that is best for you, based on the circumstances of your case and your needs. Options include:
Prop 36: Prop 36 makes drug diversion mandatory for qualifying non-violent drug offenders. To enroll in the program, you will have to enter a plea of guilty or no contest. The judge will then sentence you to drug treatment and probation. If you complete the program successfully, you can petition the court to dismiss your conviction.
PC 1000: PC 1000 is known as California’s DEJ program. Enrollment in PC 1000 is not automatic; even if you meet the eligibility requirements, a judge can still refuse to enroll you at their discretion. The drug treatment program for PC 1000 is typically shorter than for Prop 36 and does not include formal probation. Another important difference is that you do not have to plead guilty; instead, the judge will defer judgement in your case. Upon successful completion of a PC 1000 DEJ program, your charges will automatically be dismissed.
Drug Court: California drug court is another way that non-violent drug offenders can resolve their cases without having to serve time in jail. Drug court is not as rigidly structured as PC 1000 and PC 36, meaning the judge, prosecutor, drug defense lawyer, and defendant have more flexibility to work out a solution that works for each specific case.
Ready to Explore Drug Diversion?
The decision to enter a drug diversion program should not be taken lightly. You will want to consult with a knowledgeable drug defense lawyer such as Perlmutter & Pourshalimi first, to make sure you understand all the options that may be available to you. After carefully reviewing the facts of your case, we’ll tell you honestly whether you should pursue drug diversion or whether you may be better off fighting the charges against you in court.
Call us at 310-295-2236 to learn more during a free consultation.