The first drug court was established in Miami, Florida, in 1989. First developed as a way to relieve increased felony caseloads and overcrowded jails and prisons, the drug court movement has gained tremendous momentum throughout the United States. In the decades since then, drug courts now operate, or are being planned, in all 50 states.
Recognizing that incarceration alone has not been an effective solution to breaking the cycle of drug abuse and crime, the drug court model combines criminal justice and medical treatment approaches. Together, it is believed, these methods can help individuals break their dependence on drugs and ultimately take back control of their lives.
While the specific programs and methods used by individual drug courts vary, the emphasis is cooperation by all parties–the court, prosecution, defendant and treatment providers–to rehabilitate individuals with substance abuse problems who have been charged with a drug crime. Drug court participants undergo long-term treatment (typically 12 months), counseling, frequent drug testing, and regular court appearances. Related social and educational services may also be part of the process. The progress of each participant is regularly monitored and evaluated, and on-going interaction with judges is a common feature.
While drug courts have tended to focus on low-level and first-time offenders, individuals with more severe substance abuse issues and criminal activity have increasingly come within the drug court’s efforts as well.
Our attorneys take advantage of the Drug Court in Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach counties to resolve first time offender drug charges. The Drug Court allows our clients to get help with issues surrounding their drug use. The Drug Court program allows for the case to be dismissed upon successful completion of the course, including: drug testing and intense counseling. We always recommend that our clients opt-in to the Drug Court to take advantage of the ultimate dismissal of their case.
Our attorneys know Broward County Drug Court Judge Beach personally and truly believe that she wants to help every defendant who enters her courtroom. She is patient and understanding and will always be tolerant of relapses and failed drug tests. She is truly a judge who cares.