Does Prison Help Fix Addiction Problem?


prescription medicationA recent article by NBC in Columbus discussed whether or not the court system and prison time are solutions for addiction problems. For some addicts and families, the belief is that treatment and drug rehab is a more effective method than the criminal justice system.

Scott VanDerKarr, a former judge who joined Koffel Brininger Nesbitt this year, helped create the drug court. This court strives to work with parents who may have otherwise filed serious criminal felony charges against their children. The court helps file misdemeanor or low-level felony charges against adult addicts who may have stolen money from their parents or found themselves facing criminal charges.

Now, along with Attorney Brad Koffel, VanDerKarr is on a mission to start drug courts throughout the state of Ohio. The two already began the Preventative Law practice at Koffel Brininger Nesbitt to help addicts between the ages of 14 and 30, as well as their parents, receive the help they need. The practice is focused on finding the problems with addiction and helping the family treat it as a whole.

A parent may be able to file charges against their child if he or she steals to support an addiction. Unfortunately, this places them in the criminal justice system in which the possibility of relapse after the sentence may be relatively high.

Fixing the problem revolves around the family of the addict and the addicted individual to take the proper steps towards the right path rather than just hoping some time in jail or prison will rehabilitate the addict.

At Koffel Brininger Nesbitt, we are dedicated to making sure our clients have the proper understanding of our Preventative Law practice. We aim to make sure you are taken care of and helped rather than treated as a criminal and stuck in the court system. If you need to discuss our Preventative Law practice, call our firm today to learn more.