The connection between drug usage and crime is not hard to miss. Continuous drug usage can put individuals at a higher risk of incarceration for offenses related to drug possession or sales, obtaining drugs, abusive and violent behaviors, and driving while intoxicated or under the influence.
The Justice Research and Statistics Association found that a majority of men and women who are convicted of crimes related to their drug or alcohol abuse are at high risk to return to criminal activity within a year of their release if they do not receive proper rehabilitation treatment. Over the course of the last 20 years, lawmakers have become increasingly aware of the correlation between substance abuse and criminal activity, and have relied on scientific research to take the necessary steps in the right direction. In light of jail over-population, some courts will offer rehabilitation instead of incarceration – meaning you may be able to request to be admitted to a treatment center instead of serving a jail sentence.
According to the Justice Research and Statistics Association:
- 75 percent of people who were not receiving recovery treatments were re-arrested within a 12-month period, compared to the 57 percent of those receiving drug rehab.
- 65 percent of those who were not in recovery were convicted of a crime as opposed to the 42 percent who were being treated for their addiction
- 51 percent of people who failed to receive recovery treatments received a new jail sentence, compared to the 30 percent who underwent drug rehabilitation.
These statistics indicate a success rate of more than 20 percent, and research shows these figures will increase as more at-risk individuals undergo drug rehabilitation.
Helping Clients When They Need it Most
As a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Robert Draskovich is well educated on substance abuse treatment and its many benefits. He believes that his clients not only deserve the best representation available, but also the opportunity to overcome the true problem which brought about the intervention of the legal system in their lives.
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges as a result of drug or alcohol abuse, give yourself a fighting chance and call Turco & Draskovich at (702) 381-6590 or fill out the brief online form to request a free consultation.