Miami was the first court system in the entire nation to set up a drug court. This began back in 1989 with the 11th Judicial Circuit Court. This program is part of what the city and state consider a diversion program that will stop drug seeking behavior and use before it progresses and becomes a life-altering behavior.
Those who are accepted into the program have many options regarding their case. It can have adjudication withheld, be dismissed, or even simply not prosecuted.
In order to be accepted someone must qualify, and a competent criminal defense attorney can be critical in making sure this happens:
The person must have only a nonviolent felony possession charge when arrested and a history of substance abuse
The person can be in the process of seeking drugs for their addiction but has no violent felonies associated with the purchase
You can see where we're going with this: nonviolence is the key.
The truth is our courts are overloaded with drug crimes. People are finally starting to come around to the fact that this is a mental health issue and that prohibition is not working. If you have been arrested in possession of drugs or solicitation of drugs, and there are no violent charges associated with it, then it is possible to get you into the drug court program. However, if you are charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver, you are facing jail time, unless you get help from a competent criminal defense lawyer.
You and your drug crimes attorney will have to make a case for entry into the program. If the judge accepts, you will be asked to participate and complete the court ordered rehabilitation program. Several court dates will be set and you and your attorney will be expected to appear before the judge. Upon completion, the judge has several options, all of which are far more agreeable than a felony conviction or jail.
If you are facing drug charges, contact an experienced Miami criminal defense lawyer today for help.
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