If this is your first offense involving a controlled substance, you may be eligible for the Deferred Entry of Judgement (DEJ) Program. To participate in this program, you would be required to enter a guilty plea, but you would not be sentenced, judgement would not be entered, and it would not be considered a conviction.
Instead you would be ordered to enroll in and complete a drug counseling through a certified treatment program. You will be required to return to court every 2-3 months for progress reports for a period of 18 months.
If you successfully complete drug treatment, including paying all fees, you will be allowed to withdraw your guilty plea, and your case will be dismissed. The arrest will be deemed never to have occurred, and it cannot be used against you.
If asked, you can legally say that you were never arrested, convicted, or granted DEJ.
The local DEJ treatment program is located at:
3090 M Street
Merced, CA 95340
Appointments to enroll must be made in person, please bring your proof of income with you at that time. If you prefer to do the program in another county, permission must be granted from the Judge.