Some people can use drugs occasionally. Unfortunately, for most, drug use quickly results in addiction - and criminal charges. In Maryland, it's easy for a drug user to be charged with felony-level possession charges. If you are caught with a certain amount of drugs - even if it is for personal use - you can be charged with distribution.
Fighting your criminal charges is important. But it's also important to get your addiction under control. For many, that means attending an in- or out-patient rehab facility or getting other addiction counseling.
Rehab As A Criminal Defense Strategy
If you have been charged with a drug crime, your defense lawyer may recommend you enter rehab or attend addiction counseling sessions as a pre-trial defense strategy. Drug addiction is recognized as a disease by the courts. Attending counseling or rehab is not an admission of guilt. But it does show the prosecution that you are taking responsibility for your life and trying to make a change. Taking these proactive steps will help you're your attorney is negotiating with the prosecution, and are looked upon favorably by judges and juries.
Rehab is just one of the many defense strategies that may be effective for your case. Your defense lawyer will help determine what is right for your situation and your future.