Florida Drug Court Diversion Program
If convicted on drug crimes charges, you can face penalties that include prison time, probation, driver’s license suspension, heavy fines and more. If you are facing drug charges because you have a drug addiction, treatment for that problem is often more appropriate than incarceration and a conviction.
At Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, our experienced attorneys protect the rights of individuals throughout Central Florida. We are well aware of the reasons people commit drug crimes. We recognize that when an individual with a drug addiction has been accused of possessing or selling drugs, that individual needs help. Our attorneys can talk to you about Florida’s drug court diversion program and determine your eligibility for participation in the program.
The Basics of Florida Drug Court Diversion Program
Participation in drug court is voluntary. To be eligible for the program, the defendant must be charged with a misdemeanor or third-degree felony drug offense. The defendant must be a first-time offender, and the offense can only include possession charges. Charges involving drug sales or drug delivery are not eligible. Florida’s drug court is an intense program that will require time and commitment on the part of the defendant. Requirements of the program include:
- Regular court appearances before a drug court judge
- Group and individual counseling
- Urinalysis drug tests
- Substance abuse treatment
Upon successful completion of the diversion program, the charges against the individual will be dismissed. The rate of recidivism (re-offending) is significantly lower for those who successfully complete drug court.