The city of San Jose has been operating the Mission Street Sobering Center as a place for those arrested on alcohol related offenses to be detained while they sober up. The center currently utilizes 20 spaces where non-violent arrestees who are not already felons can be dropped off with consent. The facility offers them access to showers, food and clothing, as well as assistance from therapists and registered nurses. Arrestees are permitted to stay just under 24 hours in order to sober up before going to rehab or treatment.

March 4, 2020 onward, 10 of the existing 20 spaces at the center will be allotted as a meth sobering space. The steady and drastic rise of San Jose’s methamphetamine abuse epidemic has caused city officials to look at new ways of addressing the problems. Homeless encampments breed an unending cycle of drug abuse which becomes a danger not only to its inhabitants, but also to the surrounding community. The hope is that by giving methamphetamine addicts a safe place to sober up, they will then choose to go to a treatment facility rather than right back to the encampment after an arrest.

Sentencing for methamphetamine arrests in the state of California can include anywhere form one to three years in jail, and up to $10,000 in fines, depending on an offenders past record.  In some instances, jail time may be suspended under a drug court diversion program if an arrestee completes a treatment program.

Anyone who is arrested on a methamphetamine violation in San Jose should take advantage of the sobering center and detox in a safe space with medical professionals. A skilled criminal attorney can then help determine what would be your best option going forward.