The Dangers of Opioid Addiction: Violation of Probation
Throughout the world, approximately 296 million people use drugs at least once a year. Out of that number, a whopping 60 million of them were abusing opioids. Because opioids are uniquely addictive and potent, opioid addiction is a serious problem. While many people think of drunk driving, drugged driving can be just as dangerous and lead to legal consequences, including probation. Just like alcoholism, opioid addiction can also be overwhelming and lead to an increased risk of violation of probation.
Probation After a DUI or DWI
When you are on probation, you need to take following the law even more seriously than you normally would. When you are charged with a DUI or DWI on probation for an opioid-related charge, it is considered a violation of probation.
Probation is a chance for you to have rehabilitation and avoid incarceration. However, it comes with conditions, like attending counseling or support groups, drug testing, check-ins with a probation officer, or maintaining employment. If you are struggling with an active opioid addiction or early in your recovery, these conditions can be extremely hard to meet. Hiring an attorney who has compassion for those in recovery and who cares about helping you recover from your addiction, not merely facing legal consequences, is critical.
Opioid Addiction is a Relentless Struggle
Opioids are highly addictive substances that can rapidly take control of a person's life. Those battling opioid addiction often find it difficult to maintain stable employment, attend counseling sessions, or pass regular drug tests. The cravings and withdrawal symptoms can be overwhelming, making it nearly impossible for individuals to adhere to the terms of their probation.
When individuals on probation fail to meet the stipulated requirements, such as failing a drug test or missing a probation meeting, they face the serious consequences of a probation violation. In the case of opioid addiction, a single relapse can lead to a violation, landing the individual back in court. The judge may then choose to revoke probation, resulting in incarceration, or impose additional, stricter terms, further burdening the already-overwhelmed individual.
How Legal Support Can Change Your Life and Help You Recover
In such serious circumstances, legal support is crucial. Experienced attorneys specializing in criminal defense understand the complexities of addiction and the legal system. They can advocate for you and present the addiction as a health issue rather than a moral failing. Attorneys can work with the court to explore alternative options such as drug rehabilitation programs, therapy, or counseling, emphasizing the importance of treatment over punishment.
Additionally, your case could involve collaborating with addiction specialists, therapists, and support groups to create a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for the individual. By addressing the root causes of addiction and providing the necessary support, individuals are more likely to successfully complete their probation and reintegrate into society as productive, sober citizens.
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At Atkinson Law, we listen to all our clients and protect their interests so they can receive a positive legal outcome. We’ll work with you and give you the best possible recommendation for your future. To learn more about the potential legal dangers of opioid addiction, contact us today by calling (410) 882-9595 or visiting our website.