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WHAT IS DRUG DIVERSION SENTENCING?

Drug diversion is an alternative sentence for simple drug possession cases. It avoids jail time and allows a person to receive drug treatment program and earn a dismissal of their criminal case. It is typically for first time drug offenders who do not have a lengthy criminal record.

What Are the Different Types of Drug Diversion Sentencing Programs?

PC 1000

CA Penal Code Section 1000 (also called PC 1000) states what drug diversion is, who qualifies, and how it works. It is a “deferred entry of judgement” program where you plead guilty up front but then your case is continued until you complete a drug program (typically a 10 week drug class) and then come back to withdraw your guilty plea and get your charge dismissed completely in approximately 18 months.

Contact our Orange County drug diversion lawyers at (844) 524-4011 or complete an online contact form today.

In Order to Qualify For Pc 1000, You Must Meet These Requirements:

  • You have no conviction for any offense involving possession of drugs or controlled substances prior to this case,
  • The current case does not involve any violence or threats,
  • Your criminal record does not indicate that probation or parole has been revoked previously,
  • You have not completed or been terminated from a diversion or deferred entry of judgement program such as PC 1000 within 5 years of this case,
  • You have no prior felony convictions within 5 years of this case,
  • Your current charge is a drug or drug paraphernalia possession charge. (drug sales or trafficking does not qualify for PC 1000).
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