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Is drug court an option for you?

A Florida drug conviction can bring with it considerable consequences, and it can potentially leave you facing hefty fines and even jail time. In some cases, however, offenders who commit drug-related crimes can avoid having to spend time behind bars by instead enrolling in a Florida drug court program. Designed to treat your addiction as much as hold you accountable, drug courts strike a careful balance, and they typically involve you agreeing to undergo counseling, drug tests and periodic appearances in front of a judge for a set period following a drug crime.

So, are drug courts effective? According to the National Institute of Justice, drug courts offer the following benefits, in addition to making you less likely to use drugs.

They make you less likely to re-offend

Studies have repeatedly shown that people who complete drug court programs are less likely to re-offend than those who do not. According to the results of one study, the felony re-arrest rate for drug court participants two years after completing the program was about 12 percent, while the felony re-arrest rate before participation in drug court was about 40 percent.

They cost the community less money

While drug courts can help you personally by making you less likely to use drugs or re-offend, they can also prove beneficial for the entire community. Studies show that a community can save roughly $1,392 per person who participates in drug court as opposed to going through traditional criminal justice processing. Additionally, once you factor in reduced recidivism and related expenses, the long-term savings associated with participation in drug court are, on average, $6,744.

Are you eligible?

Whether drug court may be available to you depends on certain factors, such as the circumstances surrounding your charges and whether you already have a criminal history. If you are facing a drug-related criminal charge, you may want to speak to an attorney.

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