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Seeking treatment after being charged with a crime

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Rehab facilities in Illinois and throughout the country provide addicts with an opportunity to overcome their dependence on drugs or alcohol. In some cases, addicts decide to seek help after being taken into custody or because they believe that they may be taken into custody at some point. While you may be arrested after checking into rehab, the odds of that happening are relatively slim.

You have rights

An officer generally cannot take you into custody unless there is a warrant to do so. Alternatively, there must be probable cause that you have committed a crime or are about to do so. Therefore, unless you are actively committing a crime while on facility grounds, it’s unlikely that you’ll be taken into custody after enrolling in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program. Depending on the circumstances of your case, being taken into custody may be a violation of HIPAA or other privacy laws.

Not all crimes are considered serious

If you have been charged with a minor offense, you may be able to get your case postponed until after you have completed rehab. It’s also possible that your case will be dismissed in the event that you seek help in a timely manner. Rehab may also be an option for those who are facing drug charges and want to avoid jail or prison time.

If you are struggling with drug or alcohol dependency, seeking help may be ideal whether you are facing legal charges or not. Getting help may make it easier to retain custody of your kids, remain employed or otherwise live a normal life after your legal cases have been resolved. Completing rehab may result in existing charges being sealed or dropped entirely, and diversion programs are often offered to first-time offenders.