What Is the Cost of NOT Going to Treatment – Part II

Men and women who come here to our addiction treatment facilities are often doing so as a result of a catastrophic moment in their life that led to arrest and the possibility of incarceration.

Sober Living by the Sea is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Facility by the State of California as well as Orange and Los Angeles Counties. This allows our staff of legal experts to assist in navigating the complex legal system and provide to the courts required documentation of time productively spent in a rehabilitation facility to the courts. This is a service that we can provide to our clients who are lucky enough to not have to serve time in jail for their drug or alcohol-related offense.

Fast Facts:
The average prison sentence for a drug-related crime increased from 71.3 months to 83.6 months in 2004 (most recent data available)
source: US Department of Justice

17% of State Prisoners and 18% of Federal Inmates said they committed their current offense to obtain money for drugs
source: US Department of Justice

According to the FBI 5.3 % of homicides in which circumstances were known were drug-related.
source: FBI Uniform Crime Report

The average cost of getting a DUI in California in 2009 is:
1st DUI: $12,500 – $17,500 (Legal Fees: $5,000 – $7,500, Additional Costs*: $7,500 – $10,000)

2nd DUI: $19,500 – $27,500 (Legal Fees: $9,500 – $12,500 ,Additional Costs*: $10,000-$15,000)

3rd DUI: $27,000 – $42,500 (Legal Fees: $15,000 – $25,000 Additional Costs*: $12,000 – $17,500)

*Additional costs include items such as insurance increases, school fees, restitution and does not include fees or penalties that are incurred if there is an accident caused under the influence.

More about causing an injury while under the influence (DUI with Injury):

DUI With Injury: getting a DUI after causing an accident that results in someone getting injured carries much more serious consequences than a regular DUI. If the prosecutor charges it as a misdemeanor, the defendant faces up to a year in jail (plus the other standard DUI penalties). If the prosecutor charges it as a felony DUI, the defendant faces up to 3 years state prison (plus an additional year for each additional person who is injured).

Worse still, if any of the injured parties is seriously hurt, the DUI defendant may be charged with a “great bodily injury” enhancement. This adds up to three additional years of state prison. Moreover, the “great bodily injury” enhancement makes the DUI offense a strike under California’s Three Strikes law.

*source: The Law Offices of Lawrence Wolf – Larry Wolf has been effectively helping individuals charged with crimes for over 30 years. Larry and his associate criminal lawyers have been pioneers in developing all forms of alternative sentencing and have established relationships with Judges and District Attorneys in Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, and Ventura Counties. You can reach him by visiting his website www.youareinnocent.com or calling 866-YOU-AREINNOCENT

The Good News – There Is Help Available and You Are Not Alone

If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs, an alcoholic drinker, or suffering from an eating disorder, you are not alone. Millions of people struggle with addiction and eating disorders and the treatment available from centers like ours has never been better. The important thing is not to suffer in silence and do nothing.