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What is drug court?

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2020 | Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes

Many Floridians believe that if they are charged with any type of drug-related offense, going to jail is a foregone conclusion. The truth is, there are numerous ways to fight drug charges in order to achieve a case dismissal or alternative sentencing. One type of alternative sentencing that many people may know little about is drug court.

As May is National Drug Court Month, it seems an appropriate time to talk about what it is and why it can be a good option for those facing certain drug charges. Drug court is a diversion program. It is meant for individuals who would better benefit from a rehabilitation program rather than time behind bars.

Drug court is for nonviolent offenders who are believed to have substance abuse problems. If accepted into this program, one is expected to attend group and private therapy sessions, take substance abuse education courses, attend any required court hearings and participate in random drug testing — among other things. According to various studies, this program has shown to reduce crime, help people overcome addiction, reduce state costs and lessen the burden on the criminal justice system.

Drug-related offenses are taken quite seriously by the state of Florida. A conviction on such a charge can have significant consequences that can follow a person for the rest of his or her life. Achieving a case dismissal is ideal, but legal counsel can offer information and guidance on alternative sentencing options, such as drug court, if it seems necessary. At the end of the day, one’s legal counsel will do everything to help one achieve the best outcome possible.