The National Institute of Drug Abuse defines addiction as “a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her.” While it is usually a voluntary decision to try drugs, the brain changes over time and challenges an individual’s self-control.
More than 6.8 million adults were involved in the criminal justice system in 2003. The Bureau of Justice Statistics completed a survey in 2002 which showed that 52 percent of women and 44 percent of men who were in jail were dependent on alcohol or drugs. There is an undeniable link between crime and addiction, and treatment is a key option to explore if you are facing criminal charges.
Types of Alcohol or Drug Related Criminal Offenses
· Alcohol or drug-defined—this includes drug possession, drug distribution, and providing alcohol to minors
· Alcohol or drug-related—examples in this category include DWI and stealing money to buy alcohol or drugs
· Alcohol and drug-using lifestyle—there is often a certain lifestyle associated with drug and alcohol abuse, and this lifestyle may provide individuals an opportunity to learn criminal skills
Importance of Treatment
The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that for each dollar spent on addiction treatment, there is a $4 to $7 reduction in the cost of drug-related crimes. Drug abuse treatment can also help individuals change their attitudes and behaviors. This in turn can help remove those individuals from a life of substance abuse and crime.
If you are facing charges for an alcohol- or drug-related criminal offense, contacting a criminal defense attorney is an important step. An experienced attorney can help explore addiction treatment and recovery programs as a way to help in life and with your criminal case. At Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel, we have more than 30 years of criminal law experience in the San Jose area. Contact us at (480) 916-1413 to learn how we can help with your case.