Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

Not everyone suspected of committing a crime deserves jail time. If you are concerned about a loved one whose criminal charge may have been influenced by substance abuse or mental health issues, or both, or if this describes the circumstances of your own arrest, you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tampa who understands Florida laws regarding alternatives to imprisonment. The good news is that individuals who successfully complete drug court diversion programs are 80 percent less likely to commit additional crimes that mandate prison time.

How My Firm Can Help

My firm, Mike G Law, can help you or your loved one determine if the case in question qualifies for a drug court diversion program. I will examine the evidence against the defendant and provide a candid assessment of their chances for success in being assigned to or finishing such a program. Drug court diversion programs can be demanding in terms of their requirements, but the advantages are substantial for those who are able to complete them.

Successful completion means your charges are dismissed and you may be eligible to have your record sealed or expunged. Most importantly you will receive the benefit of potentially tens of thousands of dollars worth of assessment and treatment services for a small fraction of the cost, and develop skills for coping with addiction.

Additionally, if you or your loved one is a military veteran, and the arrest may have been influenced by combat-related PTSD or other issues, I can explore the possibility of having the case addressed in a special veterans court program. These programs allow you to concentrate on resolving multiple challenges in a supportive setting.

It Is Possible To Turn Around "Dead End" Situations

My decades of experience as a criminal defense lawyer provide me with access to treatment and educational resources that can help you finally solve ongoing problems you may be struggling with, instead of repeating cycles of behavior.

I have very often taken over cases from other lawyers or the public defender when they have reached a dead end. I have been able to successfully represent my clients avoiding prison time by convincing the prosecutor and the judge that alternatives exist which truly serve the best interests of both my client and the community.

Step Onto The Road To Recovery

My firm can help you or your loved one rebuild their lives and avoid incarceration. Call my office at 813-221-4303, or contact me online for a free consultation. Se habla Español.