What is Prop 36?

Prop 36 is a sentencing scheme that went into effect in 2001 and is contained in Penal Code sections 1210 and 1210.1. Prop 36 applies to persons convicted of “nonviolent drug possession offenses” as that term is defined in the Penal Code. If eligible, a Prop 36 defendant must be given probation at the time of sentencing. A jail sentence is not permitted. The focus of Prop 36 is rehabilitation and treatment for drug users. However, the statute has many exceptions, and is a complicated law. Consult Chambers Law Firm to discuss the specifics of your case with a skilled drug crimes defense attorney and to determine your eligibility.


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