California offers a number of alternatives to jail time for drug offenders. The options available to someone charged with possession of drugs, or being under the influence of drugs, usually depend on the severity of the crime and the defendant’s prior criminal record. California drug laws allow more opportunities to avoid jail time for individuals who do not have a history of drug use and for those who have been charged with minor drug offenses.
California Penal Code 1000 allows certain drug offenders the opportunity to attend drug treatment programs instead of going to jail. Eligibility for a California drug diversion program is typically only available for defendants who:
- Have no previous drug convictions