Seminole County circuit courts are starting a new drug court program. It is grant funded and under the terms of the grant, it is for first time felony drug offenders only. Therefore the primary charge must be for a felony drug offense and that must be the first felony of any type. There must be no evidence of sale. Minimal prior misdemeanors are allowed but will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Participants must live in Seminole County to qualify. Unlike other diversion cases,these cases can be referred from the trial division.
This is not a free program and will likely be on a sliding scale. Other requirements include: some community service, cost of prosecution, drug court fees and charges for the program requirements. Funding will cover some costs for indigent clients. Prior to final acceptance the defendant must have a TASC (drug) evaluation that finds them suitable for the program, however, TASC will not accept any appointments until previously approved by the program director. Evaluations from other sources are not acceptable. If the evaluation says they need more extensive treatment than provided for in this program they can opt in to the normal drug court program. DUI counts will need to be resolved with the trial division prior to entry into the program.
Due to record keeping requirements there will be a referral form required to submit future case for drug court (both programs).
If you have been arrested or charged with a Drug crime in Orlando and are facing criminal prosecution in either Orange County, Seminole County, Florida, or if you have had your driver license suspended for a Drug conviction, contact the attorneys at Tilden Law for an initial and confidential consultation, 407-599-1234.