What is Proposition 36?
Proposition 36 is a sentencing option that was passed into California law in 2000. It gives certain people with drug-related charges the chance to serve their time out of prison and in a drug treatment program. Those eligible are people who were charged with simple possession; the program is intended for people with a drug problem, not for those who are charged with intent to sell. Upon successful completion of the program, the charge is dropped from the offender’s record as if it never occurred.
If you have been charged with drug possession, a knowledgeable defense attorney may be able to help you understand Proposition 36 and whether you are eligible for it. Contact the San Jose criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C., at (408) 296-4100 to discuss your case with a committed and experienced lawyer.
The Proposition 36 Program
This diversionary program is unique in that it aims to help people with drug dependencies to overcome their addictions and start with a clean slate. Here are some characteristics of the program:
- Requires an admission of guilt, but will also remove the charge from a criminal record
- Approximately an 18-month recovery program
- Served out of custody
- Regular drug testing
- Can work while serving the time
- Requires AA/NA classes
The sympathetic San Jose criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C., are dedicated to the defense of their clients. If you have been charged with a drug-related offense, contact us today at (408) 296-4100 to learn your legal rights and whether you may qualify for Proposition 36 consideration.