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Drug courts aim to help those accused of drug crimes in Hawaii

There is some good news in Hawaii. Crime in this state has reached a record low as of a 2017 report. The report from August 2017 states that Hawaii's crime levels reached a record low in 2016. Based on the Uniform Crime Report, Crime in Hawaii 2016, there were 45,805 index crimes within the state. That equals around 3,206 offenses per 100,000 residents.

In 2016, Hawaii's crime rate dropped by 6.2 percent compared to 2015 and by 27.1 percent compared to the last decade.

This is good news, but it means that there is some kind of deterrent preventing people from committing crimes. Is it positive or negative? Here is a little bit more about the penalties you could face if you commit a drug crime in Hawaii.

Cocaine in Hawaii

One of the drugs found on Waikiki and Maui is cocaine. Drug addiction, which might include the use of cocaine, heroin or crystal meth, plagues the islands. This means that you can get into deep trouble with the law if you are caught in possession of a drug.

Cocaine is a Schedule I narcotic, and possessing or selling it results in a felony charge. Normally, people face prison for federal charges. Hawaii has created drug-court programs designed to keep nonviolent offenders out of prison.

Rehabilitation is the focus on the islands, and it is helping reduce the number of drug use and criminal drug convictions. Typically, people who qualify are granted community supervision instead of having to go to prison. A counselor assists with drug- and alcohol-related issues, helping people get back to healthy lifestyles.

Crystal methamphetamine in Hawaii

Another common drug on Hawaii's islands is crystal methamphetamine. This is a highly addictive version of methamphetamine. It gives people an instant high but often causes damage to the lungs and brain. The damage can be irreversible.

Crystal meth contributed to around 80 percent of drug offenses in 2007. Amphetamine use has risen by around 57 percent based on diagnostic laboratory services performed on 40,000 samples from Hawaii's workers. Like with cocaine, individuals accused of possessing or distributing crystal meth may have the option of going through the drug courts and getting medical care.

If you are accused of drug use, know that there are ways to help yourself during this trying time. A defense is always a good idea, but remember that the drug courts are also there to help you get clean.

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