The Felony Drug Court Intervention Program may be a good option for individuals who want to turn their lives around and break the cycle of drug abuse. The Drug Court Program is a diversionary program offered by the Second Judicial Circuit that will, upon successful completion, result in a dismissal of charges. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A. can help you determine all of your legal options before entering the Felony Drug Court Program. It is important to discuss all of your options to determine the best resolution available to you in your specific case.
Pursuant to Administrative Order 97-12 an individual is eligible to participate in the Felony Drug Court Intervention Program if they are charged with a second or third degree purchase or possession offense under Chapter 893, Florida Statutes if the individual has no pending felony cases and are not currently under supervision of the Department of Corrections. To be eligible to participate in this program, an individual is required to reside in Leon County, Florida.
The Felony Drug Court Program is completely voluntary and a participant is required to follow all rules and regulations of any portion of the program, including rules set by outside counseling service providers. Participation in the program will be for a minimum of twelve (12) months and a maximum of eighteen (18) months, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. A participant is required to pay costs of $50.00 per month while participating in this program.
During the Felony Drug Court Program, an individual is required to remain completely drug and alcohol free for a consecutive twelve (12) months. Breath, blood, and urinalysis testing will be used on a regular basis to ensure that participants are drug free. If an individual fails to remain drug free during their participation in the Felony Drug Court Program, they may be terminated from the program and their charges may be reinstated for prosecution. However, the submitted breath, blood, and urine samples will not be used against the individual as part of their current pending charges. The test results are only used to verify whether the participant remains drug and alcohol free during their participation in the program. Another requirement is that the participant remain arrest free during the Felony Drug Court Program.
While participating in this program, individuals are required to appear before the Drug Court Division Judge on a monthly basis or as ordered by the Court. Individuals are required to speak freely about their treatment and drug usage during any court hearings. Our attorneys will assist you in enrollment and all stages of the Drug Court process.
While enrolled in the Felony Drug Court Program, the State will agree to defer prosecution of the case that placed you in the program if you remain an active participant and abide by all conditions of the program. If the Court determines that an individual has successfully completed the Drug Court Program, the State will dismiss the pending criminal charges against you and there will be no further prosecution of your case.
If you have been charged with a drug related offense, contact the lawyers at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A. to schedule your free consultation. Our criminal defense attorneys are trained to evaluate each individual situation to determine the best possible solution in a case. Our attorneys will help you determine whether or not the Felony Drug Court Program is available to you and whether that is the best way to proceed with defending your case.