For people who may have serious drug addictions in Nebraska, a first drug arrest may sadly not be the last. This can be related to the lack of people getting proper help and treatment for their drug problems and instead having the focus be on penalizing what is seen as unwanted behavior. Such an approach can be controversial among those who advocate instead for better support for defendants.
Today, a man who is only 25 years old is faced with the prospect of spending up to four years in a state correctional facility. This will not be his first time in jail as he was reportedly out of jail for one drug conviction when he was arrested again earlier this year. The most recent arrest took place in mid-February at a gas station when police were responding to a call indicating some disturbance was occurring.
Once there, the defendant was accused by another man of having forced the second man to take a drug. This led officers to search the defendant and reports indicate that four packages of methamphetamine were found on his person. The weights of the bags ranged from 0.42 grams to 1.25 grams. It is not known exactly what charge he was eventually convicted of but his time in jail will span two to four years. No reports were provided to indicate whether or not he would receive treatment for any potential addiction he may have.
When defendants in Nebraska need help to advocate for themselves and learn about treatment options, talking with an attorney may be a good place to start.
Source: Fremont Tribune, "Man sentenced to prison for drug violation," Sam Pimper, August 28, 2017