Polk County Diversion Program – Drug Court

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Arrested on drug charges in Lakeland, Winterhaven, Bartow, or another city in Polk County? As an experienced defense attorney for drug charges in south Florida, I know the effects a drug conviction can have on the rest of your life.

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Polk County Drug Court Help – Attorney Thomas Grajek

If it’s your first arrest or you meet other conditions, I may be able to get you into the drug court diversion program and keep you out of jail.

What is the Polk County Diversion Program?

Polk County Drug Court is known for its diversion program, which “diverts” or “takes you out” of the court process. If you successfully complete the drug diversion program, ALL CHARGES WILL BE DROPPED against you. This would then potentially expunge your arrest. This program is available for both felony and misdemeanor drug charges. Whether you are allowed into the program is at the discretion of the prosecutor, but I can fight for your entrance into this program.

The terms and conditions necessary for you to successfully complete the Polk County Drug Court Diversion Program is subject to change, but these are the general terms, costs, and conditions associated with the program.

FELONY DRUG CHARGE DIVERSION

  • $150.00 for the initial assessment
  • $85.00 per month
  • 18 month program
  • Random Drug Testing (Urine Screens) two (2) times per week for the first 30 days. You must pay $20.00 per drug screen.
  • After the first 30 days, random drug testing is reduced to one (1) time per week
  • Must attend four (4) Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) meetings per week throughout the program
  • Attend in a drug education group for ten (10) weeks. these classes meet Mondays at 2:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Classes are approximately one hour long.
  • Additional classes may be possible depending on your initial drug assessment

Cost of Prosecution approximately $100.00
Drug testing is usually done Monday through Thursday 8:30 am until 4:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Polk County Courthouse, 4th Floor, 255 N. Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL 33830.

DRUG COURT FOR MISDEMEANOR CHARGES

  • $150.00 for the initial assessment
  • $75.00 per month
  • 6 month program
  • Random Drug Testing (Urine Screens) two (2) times per week for the first 30 days. You must pay $20.00 per drug screen.
  • After the first 30 days, random drug testing is reduced to one (1) time per week
  • Must attend two (2) Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) meetings per week throughout the program
  • Attend in a drug education group for ten (10) weeks. these classes meet Mondays at 2:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Classes are approximately one hour long.
  • Additional classes may be possible depending on your initial drug assessment

Cost of Prosecution approximately $50.00
Call and set an appointment immediately to see if you qualify for the drug court diversion program so you can get the help you may need and keep your record as clean as possible.

Contact a Lawyer for Polk County Drug Court Help

POLK COUNTY DRUG COURT

Contact Attorney Thomas Grajek for help getting into the Polk County diversion program. Consultations are free, and Grajek is an aggressive defense lawyer with a reputation for getting results in court.

Lakeland, FL (863) 838-5549

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FAQ’s

What is a diversion program?

A diversion program is a type of punishment in the legal system where the court tries to help offenders deal with their problems.  Rather than sentence a drug addict to jail time, for example, a diversion program will sentence them to court-sentenced rehabilitation.
Typically, the rehabilitation programs go with community service. Diversion programs intend to divert the course someone is on in a positive direction.

Should I speak to the police if I get arrested on drug charges?

Absolutely not. After all, “anything you say can and will be used against you.” It’s best to remain quiet and contact your attorney.

Does the penalty depend on which drug is involved?

The penalty for drug possession can vary vastly depending on which drug was involved. Some narcotics and illegal substances are considered a much larger offense than others.

How do I qualify for drug diversion program?

Pre-trial intervention eligibility is governed by Section 948.08 of the Florida State Statutes. Under the law, only first-time offenders or those who have been convicted of no more than one non-violent misdemeanor such as drug offenses or thefts qualify for PTI. Also, entry into the program depends heavily on the approval of the judge, the state attorney, and any potential victim.

How long does the diversion program work in Florida?

Diversion programs can last from six months to a year or more. These programs emphasize counseling, treatment, and behavior modification over punitive measures.

Will the court totally dismiss my drug charges if I complete the diversion program?

Once the judge allows diversion in your case you will be required to enter a guilty plea for the underlying offense, and the judge will defer judgment for 18 – 36 months while you complete mandatory drug treatment classes and counseling. If you successfully complete all mandatory drug treatment classes and counseling in the prescribed time frame and stay out of further trouble, the judge will then dismiss the case and you will not be convicted of the charged offenses. However, if you do not complete your diversion requirements and/or get in further trouble, the judge will confirm your guilty plea and you will be convicted of the underlying charges and will be sentenced accordingly.

 

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