Drug court. What is it? How does it work?
For drug offenders here in Miami-Dade and Broward County, they have programs called drug court. These are not diversion programs, but can offer the same benefits. The decision on whether to take advantage of these programs can be a difficult decisions to make. The programs offers an opportunity to get your drug charges dismissed but only if you successfully complete the program. You do not have to be a first time offender for the prosecutor to offer you this type of alternative to your case. Drug court can be a very tough program to complete, so you must consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to make that decision.
Drug court can be a good result if you are looking at jail time for your crime, and you have a history of drug abuse and have been unable to get treatment. Drug court is not mandatory if you are offered that as an alternative to your case being prosecuted, it may give you a good result. If you successfully complete drug court you get your treatment and you get your case dismissed. The problem is that drug court is very difficult to complete. You will be drug tested often, have to go to counseling, attend meetings, and make frequent court appearances so the court can monitor your progress. Many criminal defense attorneys only recommend drug court for clients that have strong cases against them, and when there is no other alternative to defending your case. The success rate of drug court is marginal and if you don’t strictly adhere to the rules you could face more severe consequences than if you choose another resolution for your case.
You must consult a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you are arrested to help you make the decision of whether drug court is a good alternative for you. The biggest advantage to drug court is that once completed, your charges get dismissed. The disadvantage is it can take a lot of time for that to be completed and the rules for successful completion are difficult. You can get partially through the program and then get bounced back to the circuit court and have to defend your case anyway. The drug court alternative really depends on your individual criminal history and your treatment needs. You also need to have a strong desire to successfully complete the program. Contract a Miami or Broward county criminal defense attorney to determine if drug court is right for you.
- State/Federal Drug Possession
- State/ Federal Conspiracy To Possess
- State/ Federal Trafficking Crimes
- Possession With Intent To Sell
- Simple Possession
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession With Intent To Sell Within School Zone
- Drug Court
- Property Forfeiture Due To Related Drug Possession or Crimes
- Drug Programs When Charged With Possession Crimes
– Commentary by Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Yale Galanter:
Yale Galanter, a Miami criminal defense lawyer, has over 30 years of experience providing discreet and aggressive legal counseling to both public figures and clients looking for precise and excellent legal defense. Yale Galanter is known for his personal representation and attention to your criminal matter.
If you find yourself facing a charge of drug possession, you do not have to face this alone. Contact an experienced drug defense attorney, call Yale Galanter at (305)576-0244 or (954)524-6600, or visit galanterlaw.com.