Client Sentenced to Los Angeles County Sentenced Offender Drug Court (“SODC”) – Originally Facing Approximately Four Years in State Prison!

Our client has an extensive criminal history involving multiple vehicle thefts convictions, numerous drug related crimes, and DUI convictions. Our client was being charged with violating Penal Code section 21810 (Possession of Metal Knuckles), a felony, and Penal Code section 148(a)(1)(Resisting, Delaying, or Obstructing a Peace Officer), a misdemeanor. Our client was also facing two probation violations for former cases he had pled to.

At the onset, the prosecution wanted our client to serve the time in state prison and our client was facing a maximum confinement time of six years and 364 days for the charged offenses.

We submitted proof to the prosecution that our client had a history of long-term drug addiction and proof that he was amenable to treatment. We also submitted an equities package with numerous letters from friends and family attesting to our client’s need and desire for drug treatment.

The prosecution agreed to have our client screened for eligibility in the SODC program. Our client was then screened for eligibility in Department 42 of the CCB Courthouse and found eligible for the program.

At the sentencing on the matter, the prosecution agreed to strike the enhancements and the court gave our client credit for time served on his probation violations. Our client was then sentenced to the SODC program.

As part of the SODC program, our client will spend approximately 104 days in the in-custody drug treatment pod and then he will be transferred to residential and out-patient drug treatment, as needed. Our client will also receive valuable life skills and job training throughout his participation in the program.

Those who are able to successfully complete the SODC program, remained probation complaint and drug-free for one year may petition the court for early termination of probation, dismissal, and expungement of the underlying charges.

This is a great result for our client and he will no longer face state prison for the charges.

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