How Drug Court Diversion Programs Work
Drug courts are a common occurrence in the state of Florida, with 95 such courts throughout the state and more than 6,500 individuals entering the drug court system in 2016. These programs operate on the principle that many offenders with substance abuse problems need treatment for their addiction problems, rather than to serve time in jail.
I am attorney Mike G, and I have handled many criminal defense cases involving drug use. My law firm can help you find a diversion program to address your substance abuse issues.
Drug Court Programs For First-Time Offenders
As your lawyer, I can assist you in applying for a drug diversion program, depending on the severity of the crimes with which you have been charged: the felony drug pretrial intervention, or the misdemeanor pretrial substance abuse education and treatment intervention program. Both programs are voluntary. Generally, you must have no prior convictions or any prior participation in a diversion program to be eligible.
These and other drug court diversion programs take a non-adversarial approach to providing resolution to your drug addiction issues. However, these are demanding treatment and educational programs, and require:
- Frequent court appearances
- Group and individual counseling sessions
- Weekly drug tests by urinalysis
- Inpatient substance abuse treatment programs when necessary/recommended
Advantages Of Participating In A Drug Court Program
While they can be challenging to complete, becoming a diversion program alumnus provides many positive results. Three of the most important are:
- The treatment can allow you to begin a long-lasting recovery from substance abuse.
- Your ability to parent may be improved — a useful benefit if your parenting skills have been questioned by a government entity. There are special drug courts dedicated specifically to assisting parents with drug dependency problems.
- Best of all, the charges against you may be dismissed if you successfully complete the program.
Obtain Answers To Your Drug Court Questions Today
Take the first step toward the resolution of your Tampa drug charge by calling Mike G Law today at 813-221-4303 or contacting me via this online form.