Three years after voters adopted Proposition 47, lawmakers and city officials are questioning its benefits. Proposition 47 allowed courts to redirect people arrested for low-level drug possession offenses to treatment. Official say that’s not what’s actually happening.
According to the officials, Proposition 47 saved the state more than $100 million on incarceration costs for minor drug offenses. Officials planned to redirect the funding to local governments to pay for drug treatment and diversion programs.
Although the law took effect in 2014, local officials claim they haven’t received the money as promised. That, in turn, led to a massive decrease in enrollments in drug treatment programs. They also say that removing low level drug offenders from the courts removes incentives to enroll in treatment programs.
Los Angeles drug possession attorney
Some drug charges don’t carry the same legal weight they did prior to Proposition 47. California officials have focused drug enforcement efforts on dealers and distributors. Convictions for these crimes still carry significant penalties. When you’re facing drug charges, you need the assistance of an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal defense experience and takes drug possession cases in Los Angeles County. He will fight aggressively for you in court. He manages every case he takes personally, so you will work directly with him on your defense.
His plain-English style also means that you will always understand the status of your case. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight aggressively for you in court. Instead, work with a dedicated, experienced courtroom defender.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County drug possession case.
Photo Credit: NIAID, via Flickr.com