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 receive treatment.
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!