Navigating the criminal justice system can be a daunting and complex task, especially when coupled with the challenges of addiction. Whether you find yourself facing charges or supporting a loved one in this situation, it is vital to grasp the intricate connection between addiction and the criminal justice system.

By gaining a comprehensive understanding, you can seek the necessary assistance and support to overcome these challenges effectively.

It used to be that judges and prosecutors saw addiction as a criminal issue. If you used or abused drugs or alcohol, you were violating the law and deserved punishment.

After a LOT of education and the experience of the opioid crises, now things are changing for the better. Most judges and prosecutors understand the disease model of addiction and substance abuse. Most of them understand that you can't "jail someone sober".

As a result, addiction is no longer something to hide if you are in the criminal system. Treatment and recovery can take the place of incarceration in resolving cases, and an understanding of the medical concept relapse is beginning to emerge with judges.

How Ernest Stone Can Help

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges with an addiction, you may not know where to turn. Thankfully, the team at H. Ernest Stone can help. We understand Massachusetts law and can provide tailored solutions specific to your needs.

Here are reasons why you should work with us:

  • Thorough Evaluation of Your Case: We have experience analyzing various cases and will take the time to assess your legal predicament. Looking at all the evidence, we can provide you with realistic expectations about what could happen next despite your addiction-related charges.
  • Work Toward a Constructive Resolution: Often, cases that look hopeless can be resolved in a good way when we look at them from the perspective of addiction. Time and treatment can work together to change the way a prosecutor and a judge see your case. We regularly get charges reduced and resolutions that work for our clients in situations that seemed hopeless at first. We understand that a conviction can have long-lasting impacts on your life, just as addiction and substance abuse will, so we work both in the courtroom and outside of it to help make lasting, positive change in your life.
  • Trial Representation: In some cases, it isn't possible to get an outcome that is acceptable short of trial. We bring almost 30 years of successful trial experience to your case, and prepare for trial from the start. We prepare for trial starting on the first day we are hired. As we set up treatment and work for a negotiated resolution, we are also preparing to try the case before a jury.

Contact a Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Today for Help

Whether you are facing a DUI charge or another type of criminal offense due to your addiction, H. Ernest Stone can provide the representation and advocacy you need.

Our Massachusetts criminal defense attorney, Ernest Stone, will work with you every step to ensure your case is handled efficiently, keeping your needs at the forefront of his legal strategy. Do not let addiction define your future. Contact us for a free consultation, and let us help you get through your case.

Contact us today to get a free consultation

Contact our team today for a free consultation. Contact us through our website or call (978) 705 4537.

We are available 24/7. We can help you through this storm.