Substance abuse treatment may be an option after a DWI
If you are struggling with a drug or alcohol abuse disorder, it is important to look at how you can get help. If you now face legal trouble with a DWI for having drugs or alcohol in your system, then you may need to seriously consider doing so through a substance abuse treatment program.
People who are dealing with substance abuse-related issues may not be sure if they should seek treatment. After all, if they do seek treatment, it may seem that they are admitting that they have a problem. It may seem like that would hurt your case, but in reality, it may not.
Why would you want to seek substance abuse treatment when facing a DWI or drug charge?
If you’re facing a DWI or DWI with related drug charges, seeking treatment may help you show that you’re willing to make an effort to change or that you’re able to take responsibility for your actions. People are who are innocent of the charges may not want to do this, but if there is mounting evidence and you believe that you could be found guilty, taking the first step to get treatment could look good to the judge.
Alternative sentencing options may allow you to seek treatment
If you don’t want to seek treatment on your own, one other option may be to pursue an alternative sentencing option that allows drug or alcohol treatment to reduce the penalties or prevent a conviction on your record. Using an alternative sentencing option may help you avoid jail time, probation or other penalties that could otherwise result from the charges.
Every case is different, so be open to suggestions
Every DWI and drug case is different. You should take the time to go over the worst-case scenario and to look into alternative options for resolving the case. If the likelihood is that the case won’t be dropped, seeking out an alternative may be a good way to minimize the long-term impact of a conviction.
Alternatives could include deferred probation, community services, drug and alcohol treatment, or other options, so they’re worth discussing.