Were you recently arrested for your first-ever drug-related offense? If
so, then you may be eligible for what is called the Adult Drug Pretrial
Intervention Court. Under this program, first-time drug offenders are
given the opportunity to avoid a felony conviction on their criminal record.
In order to qualify for this program, you must be 18 or over, and not have
any prior felony or pretrial intervention episode. If you meet these requirements,
you may be eligible providing that you waive your right to a speedy trial,
admit that you have a drug problem, and demonstrate that you desire to
What is Required of You
If you are interested in this program and meet the requirements, once the
background check is completed, you will sign a contract stating that you
agree to complete a drug treatment program. Once these steps are complete,
the State Attorney’s Office will agree to drop the charges once
you complete the program.
How long does the treatment program last? The treatment program lasts one
year, and is provided by the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office
(DACCO) agency. The program involves the following:
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Urine Screens
- Attendance at a Support Group
Initially, program participants spend about nine (9) hours a week receiving
treatment, but the amount of treatment decreases gradually as the participant
makes progress. In addition to the above, defendants are required to meet
with a Department of Corrections probation officer on a regular basis,
and they must attend case reviews before a judge.
If the DACCO program does not sufficiently address the defendant’s
substance abuse problem, they may be diverted to a more intense program.
If you have been arrested for your first
drug-related offense in the Tampa area, then participating in the drug court provided by the
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit for Hillsborough County may be an ideal opportunity
to avoid a felony conviction.
We urge you to contact
Thomas & Paulk to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our criminal defense attorneys.
As former Hillsborough County prosecutors who have handled thousands of
criminal cases, we are in the best position to defend you – call now!