How to Get a Judge to Send You to Rehab Instead of Prison

How to Get a Judge to Send You to Rehab Instead of Prison

Your life has finally come to a place where you are having to go to face jail time because of your substance abuse.  You are scared because the prison system is known to be a place where a lot of hardened criminals go.  You are now wishing that you would have attended a substance abuse treatment program & gotten help. However, it is now too late for drug rehabilitation? Or isn’t it?

How to get a judge to send you to rehab instead of prison

The incarceration rate is very high and many jails today are overcrowded. Because of this many states are not able to offer a treatment program in the prison system and are seeing rehabilitation vs incarceration as an alternative option. Instead of judges sending someone to jail for a drug related offense, they are choosing to send them to rehab.

Since jails do not offer a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol addicted offenders, it is wiser to send someone to a substance abuse treatment program. In this way, you can help solve the problem that is happening to begin with and reduce recidivism rates.

The first steps in trying to get a judge to send you to rehab instead of jail is to ask your lawyer to recommend this. Your lawyer is going to have to convince the judge that sending you to a treatment program is more beneficial to sending you to jail.

Depending on what your crime is, many offenders can go into rehab instead of serving jail time.  If your offense did not involve a crime such as taking someone’s life or inflicting injury on someone, you may have a chance ata rehabilitation program instead of prison.

In some circumstances, your sentence may be 6 months. Instead of sending you to prison, some judges would rather you spend your six months learning how to stay sober for life though substance abuse programs. This is a much better alternative. This works especially well for young adults that may have had a problem with substance abuse or drug addiction from early ages.




Texas and California have used both drug/alcohol rehab in place of prison sentenced many times. These states have seen a much better turnaround for the people.  If the offender is sent to prison, they have a much likelier chance of returning to prison because they were never taught how to stay off drugs/alcohol to begin with.

It is important that you allow your lawyer to understand the reasons why you would rather go to rehab then to jail.  If you have never been to an alcohol/drug treatment center, now may be the time to do it.

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