There are special drug courts out there that addicts qualify for without violent offenses/strikes that are outside the regular DEJ and Prop 36 programs. But there is a type of probation for it generally. I agree with the advice already given that you need to talk to your lawyer and be clear on your obligations. Those courts offer a lot of help with getting you on your feet and into jobs programs if you are successful.
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It seems fairly clear that there has been a miscommunication and that you may not have heard your lawyer correctly. Since you have been convicted of an offense, by plea or trial, there are only two basic options for the judge: 1. Deny probation and sentence you to time, probably local time even if this is a felony, or 2. Grant you probation (for 1,2,3,4,5 years depending on misdemeanor or felony offense) with terms and conditions, such as complete an outpatient drug program. Probation is the only way the court has to try to keep you in line and to see that you complete the drug program. I'm certainly not saying that your attorney was 'wrong,' but you do need to ask him again and make sure you understand his answer. Hope this helps.
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