Penal Code § 1000 – also referred to as “drug diversion,” “deferred entry of judgment” or “DEJ” – provides eligible defendants charged with certain non-violent drug-related crimes with the alternative of drug treatment and counseling in place of a criminal conviction and potential incarceration or other punishment. (Proposition 36 is another alternative for drug-related charges that may apply when Drug Diversion does not.)
Under Drug Diversion, the defendant pleads “guilty” to the drug offense. Entry of judgment against the defendant on the guilty plea is then deferred (not entered by the court) while the defendant attends a qualifying drug treatment program. If the defendant successfully completes the program, and any other conditions imposed by the court, the case is dismissed in its entirety (even though the defendant had previously entered a guilty plea).
Drug Diversion may be an excellent alternative. It keeps the defendant out of custody and keeps a conviction off of the defendant’s record. It also offers the opportunity for drug treatment that many drug offenders need to stay clean and out of trouble.
If you or someone you care about is facing a drug-related charge, the criminal defense attorneys at the Weinrieb Law Firm can help explain the charges and properly defend against them. We can be reached twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at (818) 933-6555.