When people are caught dealing drugs or using them, the best thing for them isn't always to be sent to prison. In reality, those using drugs often need substance abuse counseling and assistance to get their lives back on track.
This is nothing to be ashamed of; people often make mistakes, and this is just one more than can be corrected with the right help.
Take, for example, a man in California who admitted that he trafficked a controlled substance. He had transported over 100 grams of methamphetamine through California and into neighboring Nevada.
Since his arraignment, the man has been focusing on getting sober and bettering his life. He claimed that he'd been sober for 404 days, and he presented the court with chips coming from the Narcotics Anonymous group. While some may believe that this is too little too late, the courts look kindly on those willing to make changes in their lives.
Due to the way the man has acted since the arraignment, he received a suspended two-to-five-year sentence. He'll have to participate in five years of probation and pay restitution and fines, but it's a long cry from the possibility of spending five years in prison.
This is just one case in which alternative penalties were given to someone facing drug charges. If you're facing charges or a conviction, it's a good idea to talk to your attorney about the possibilities that are open to you. Good behavior and a good attitude in court could help make a difference in your case, so you can avoid prison.