In Massachusetts, can we ask the judge to stop the prosecution if my son agrees to do drug counseling?

Additional Information:

My son was arrested on a drug possession case in Worcester and is awaiting trial. He has a court appointed lawyer but the lawyer hasn’t talked too much to my son about it and hasn’t advised him on what he should do. I read somewhere that a person can ask the judge to stop the prosecution if he agrees to do drug counseling. Is that true and can you tell me about that law?

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

There is such a law but your son’s lawyer must have already submitted a petition informing the court he is a drug dependent person willing to submit to treatment not just counseling. Realistically, it is never utilized by defense counsel because the requirements are too rigid and impractical to be followed by the drug dependent person. When Probation informed my client what he had to do, he realized he was unable to meet the requirements and there was a more practical and better solution elsewhere.

Attorney Michael Franklin is a criminal defense lawyer representing individuals in all drug possession and drug related charges throughout Worcester and the Worcester County region including the cities and towns of Auburn, Boylston, Clinton, Charlton, Holden, Leominster, Leicester, Paxton, Shrewsbury, Sturbridge, Westborough, Northborough, Webster, Dudley, and Oxford, Massachusetts.

Attorney Michael Franklin
Worcester Drug Possession Defense Lawyer
5 State Street, Suite 1F
Worcester, MA 01609