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Are you eligible for drug court in Lee County?

| Dec 7, 2020 | Criminal Defense

A Florida drug conviction may mean serious, potentially life-altering consequences. In some cases, though, you may be able to gain entry into a drug diversion program that may help you overcome your substance dependency and reclaim control over your life.

Lee County’s Felony Drug Court program offers some state drug offenders an alternative to imprisonment. The program operates under the belief that, by treating what causes many offenders to engage in criminal behavior, it should reduce criminal behavior, in general. How might you know whether you may be eligible to enroll in drug court in Lee County?

Enrollment requirements

To potentially be eligible for drug court in Lee County, you must be facing a felony charge. If that felony charge is violent or sexual in nature, it may exclude you from potential inclusion in drug court, although such situations undergo review on a case-by-case basis. The felony charge you are facing could be a new charge or a violation of your probation.

To gain entry into Lee County’s drug court program, you must also recognize that you have a substance dependency and admit that you need help becoming sober and a productive member of society.

The application process

There are several ways you may be able to get into drug court in Lee County. A friend, attorney, family member or another contact may draft and submit a referral form and submit it to the state attorney’s office. Alternatively, the state attorney’s office, pretrial services or a public defender’s office may also refer you to the program.