How To Get Legal Help While In Drug Rehab
Maybe you've been court ordered to rehab for a crime you've committed, or maybe you're checking yourself in before any legal proceedings begin in order to prove that you want to change your habits and get on the path to clean living. Either way, there are a few things you should know about getting legal help before or while in rehab.
Find A Rehabilitation Center That Fits Your Legal Needs
Make sure that when you are choosing a rehab that they offer legal services if you’ve committed a drug-related crime. If you explain your circumstances to them before checking in, it is likely that you will be able to sit down with them and make a plan of action to help you not only complete rehabilitation, but to also work with you on resolving your legal issues.
Many rehabilitation centers will work directly with the court or judge assigned to your case in order to form a plan that fits everyone’s needs and work towards a goal of clean living without jail time.
The Court Will Assign You A Rehab To Fit Your Needs
If you choose not to check into rehab before you court date, you may find that the judge orders you into rehab. Many judges will offer rehabilitation time in lieu of jail time because they believe that incarceration doesn’t solve the underlying problem.
Many states have drug courts, where addicts who have been charged with a crime have rehabilitation and recovery automatically calculated into their sentence. The good news is that more often than not criminal records are expunged upon completing rehabilitation, especially if it is the addict’s first offense and the crime was non-violent.
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Offenders are usually able to choose from a list of approved rehabs, and the court and treatment facility work together to get the addict back on track with help from parole officers and random drug testing to make sure that the person is staying clean.
Write a Letter of Recommendation/Support
If you have been charged with the crime of a DUI or a similar offense, many courts encourage rehab treatment and then will reassess the charge at a later date. The rehab you choose can help you with this process, as most doctors and/or counselors at rehab clinics will take the time to write a letter of recommendation to a parole officer or a judge if asked by a patient.
In it, they will describe the treatments that the patient has undergone and their progress throughout the time spent there. These letters can help lessen punishment if the offender seems to have readily improved and is staying sober.
Get a Certificate of Rehabilitation
When your stint in rehab is at an end, a Certificate of Rehabilitation can be issued by the facility. This piece of paper can be used within the legal system to prove that the offender has gone through the necessary rehab and has changed their life. This may allow the punishment to be lessened or revoked, depending on the situation.
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If you or a loved one are facing legal troubles that are connected with drug use, contact us at Addiction Campuses today. We can help you find a rehab that will work with you and the court system to get your life back on track.