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Santa Clara County CA Criminal Defense Attorney Dennis Lempert answers a question..
I have been arrested twice so can I get a drug diversion sentence?
I have been arrested a second time for possession. Some people I know have told me that I cannot get a drug diversion program because it is my second arrest. Is that true?
The answer to your question is "maybe". Eligibility for a drug treatment program, instead of serving a jail sentence, depends upon both the crime you are currently charged with and your past criminal history. There are two schemes in the Penal Code which provide for drug treatment....
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