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Best Legal Resources After Addiction Treatment

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

While many people enroll at a substance abuse treatment center voluntarily, many others are required to complete treatment as a term of probation or sentencing due to legal trouble. If you’ve experienced legal problems as a direct result of your drug use, there are many resources available that can help you once you’ve completed your addiction treatment. First, focus on being successful in your treatment program. Once you’ve completed your program and you’re ready to leave the substance abuse treatment center, seek out help from one of these top legal resources based on your specific case.

Traffic Violations

One of the most common legal problems people encounter as a result of drug use is driving under the influence (DUI), also known as driving while intoxicated (DWI). Most people assume that DUI charges only qualify for people who drive while drunk. However, you can be arrested for a DUI while under the influence of any drug that impairs your ability to drive, even if you have a prescription. This is often referred to as “drugged driving.”

Alcohol is still the most common cause of DUI arrests, but other drugs such as marijuana, prescription drugs and cocaine are also common causes for DUI charges. If you’re facing DUI charges or penalties when you get out of a substance abuse treatment center, check out these resources on DUI laws and legal help:

DUI laws and legal resources vary by state, so be sure to understand your rights, charges and options in the state where you were arrested.

Domestic Violence

There is a strong link between drug use and intimate partner violence, also known as domestic violence. In 40% to 60% of domestic violence cases, drugs or alcohol are involved. Oftentimes both partners are under the influence of drugs or alcohol when a domestic violence incident occurs. In such cases, emotions can escalate quickly and lead to serious injury and criminal charges. If children are present during the time of the incident, one or both partners may also face child endangerment charges on top of domestic violence charges.

After completing a program at a substance abuse treatment center, many victims and perpetrators of domestic violence need legal help. It’s important to consider your best legal options and to get help for any underlying psychological or relationship problems that may still be present. The following resources can help:

Drug Charges

Every state has different drug laws. If you are facing drug possession or other drug-related charges, it’s important to know the laws in your state. In some jurisdictions, serious drug offenses may count as a strike under the “Three Strikes” law, which could lead to a minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Understand your legal situation by visiting these resources:

Other criminal charges, such as theft and prostitution, are also commonly associated with substance abuse. If you are facing legal problems, talk to a counselor at your substance abuse treatment center. Your rehab center will likely be able to give you a list of resources specific to your state so you can begin getting your life back on track.

 

Sources

National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Drugged Driving. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/drugged-driving

Soper, R. G. (2014). Intimate Partner Violence and Co-Occurring Substance Abuse/Addiction. http://www.asam.org/magazine/read/article/2014/10/06/intimate-partner-violence-and-co-occurring-substance-abuse-addiction

United States Department of Justice. (1995). 1032. Sentencing Enhancement – “Three Strikes” Law. https://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-resource-manual-1032-sentencing-enhancement-three-strikes-law

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