The State of Connecticut believes that education and treatment opportunities are the best way to reduce recidivism for defendants accused of simple possessory crimes.
Courts have the discretion to place defendants charged with simple possession of illegal drugs in appropriate diversionary programs that steer the case away from prosecution and into a pre-trial program for education or treatment. The defendant's successful completion of any diversionary program that is granted by the court ultimately results in a dismissal of the charges against them.
Defendants have no right or entitlement to automatically be granted a diversionary program when arrested for possession of illegal drugs. The court in its discretion decides whether a defendant is a good candidate for the diversionary program. Repeated violations may still result in a conviction for the drug crime charged. The statutes do authorize the court to impose a jail sentence if the defendant is unable to present a legally recognized defense to the crime and is not amenable to education or treatment given their history of prior arrests.
Don't go it alone! It is not worth the risk. A conviction for drug possession follows you long after your case is resolved and may result in the loss of employment, educational support, and housing opportunities.
Possession of a small amount of marijuana is now legal in Connecticut and neighboring States. It is not legal to use marijuana wherever one wants whenever they want. Doing so can result in being arrested on other charges related to that activity. Schools, colleges, and employers, and other entities can still impose sanctions for the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The sale of drugs, including the sale of marijuana, is not legal. Attorney Pamala J. Favreau understands that some people will resort to selling drugs to support their own habit. She will work tirelessly to find a legal defense to the drug charges against you and to distinguish your case from others pending before the court in order to obtain the best possible outcome.
If you or a loved one or family member is arrested for the possession or sale of drugs call Attorney Favreau at 860-634-1767. She has handled many drug cases over the years and knows how to help you out of the legal entanglement that results after an arrest for the use, possession, or sale of drugs.