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Drug Court Diversion Programs

After a mistake, a Lakeland drug defense attorney can help

Florida has incredibly tough penalties for people convicted of drug charges, but the legal system also provides a way out for people charged with certain offenses. If you qualify for a diversion program, you may be able to keep your record clean and rebuild your life.

Diversion programs can help you avoid jail time and even get your charges dismissed – if you can navigate them successfully. That’s why having an attorney who knows the system on your side can make a dramatic difference. That’s why you need to talk to Thomas C. Grajek, Attorney at Law as soon as possible. Our law firm has years of experience handling drug court diversion cases throughout Florida, including in Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit Court, which includes Polk County.

What is a diversion program?

Broadly speaking, a diversion program is an alternative to traditional sentencing that allows qualifying offenders to avoid jail or prison time and sometimes get charges dismissed entirely. The goal of a diversion program is to prevent future offenses and enable offenders to re-enter society as productive adults.

What is the Drug Court program?

The Drug Court Diversion Program is specifically intended for people who are involved in the criminal justice system due to addiction. Completing the Drug Court program makes you eligible to have your drug charges dismissed.

The Drug Court program is primarily intended for people who have committed nonviolent drug crimes or violated the terms of a substance abuse probation. You can generally only participate in the program once.

In essence, the Drug Court Diversion Program allows you to enter a drug treatment program, and if you successfully complete the program, the charges against you will be dropped. This keeps your criminal record clean, and you may be eligible to expunge your arrest from your record as well. There are diversion programs for felony and misdemeanor cases. In addition, not all drug-related charges are eligible for diversion.

The terms of each Drug Court Diversion Program differ in each county, so it’s important to talk to a lawyer who understands the terms and can guide you through the process.

Keep your record clean with the right attorney on your side

Nonviolent drug offenses are, in many respects, victimless crimes, and you shouldn’t have to deal with a criminal conviction on your record because of a single mistake. That’s why diversion programs exist. However, the laws surrounding these programs are complex, and prosecutors are not always cooperative. You need the right advocate on your side to make sure you can enter and complete the program.

Don’t go it alone. A single error can put your future in jeopardy. Talk to an attorney who knows how diversion programs work and how to advocate for your rights throughout the process. Contact Thomas C. Grajek, Attorney at Law today.

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