As someone who has been accused of using drugs, you're in a difficult position. You know that without a strong defense, you'll be at the mercy of the court and prosecutor. Even with a defense, there's a chance you'll still end up facing penalties.
The most serious penalty you're worried about is going to prison. You don't want to be in prison, and you don't think that what you've done should result in a prison sentence.
Should using drugs result in imprisonment?
People have been disputing the importance of drug addiction treatment over imprisonment for some time. In fact, some states now have drug courts that specialize in drug-related cases, so the judge, prosecutors, defense attorneys and others involved in the case are more familiar with the options that the accused have.
For many people, addiction treatment is a better option than sending them to prison. Why? It helps the economy, reduces costs and helps the individual. For example, if you send someone with an addiction to jail, he or she won't have access to the drugs but will also not receive any addiction therapy. When he or she is released, it's possible that the person will go back to using drugs.
Comparatively, drug addiction treatment helps individuals get away from a life of using drugs by giving them methods to handle their cravings and situations. When they're released, they're more likely to be a productive member of society than someone who re-offends, which is good for the economy.
Imprisonment is a potential penalty for someone who abuses drugs, but it's a good idea to talk to your attorney about different options. There are alternative penalties that could be more effective in your case and help you get the medical treatment you need to stop using drugs.