Arrested for Drug Possession in Miami?

Written by:Julian Stroleny PortraitJulian Stroleny
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Being arrested for drug possession in Miami can radically alter your life if you are found guilty. Possession of most controlled substances is considered a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5000. Here at Stroleny Law, we have handled hundreds of cases involving drug possession, and we are standing by to help you in your time of need. An arrest for drug possession does not have to ruin the rest of your life. Fortunately, there are many options, and one is to have your case diverted from the typical criminal court system to the Miami-Dade County Drug Court Program.

The program, established in 1989, provides the opportunity for defendants who have been identified as having substance abuse issues to have their case transferred from the ordinary course of prosecution to a court where the goal is rehabilitation through supervision by the drug court’s presiding judge. This provides real help to those suffering from addiction and gives them the opportunity to graduate from the program with their case getting dismissed. The Drug Court program is typically offered to individuals charged with possessing or purchasing drugs, but before someone is accepted into the program, the State prosecutor must agree to allow the case to be diverted. Once accepted, the presiding judge will explain what is expected of the defendant while they are in the program. This includes regular urine tests, treatment, and court appearances. It is important to note that if a defendant does not comply with the conditions of the Drug Court Program, their case will return to the criminal court process, where a conviction could result in jail time.

For many, being arrested can be the worst event of their lives. Miami-Dade’s Drug Court Program seeks to turn that event from a negative to a positive. Often this is the first time many offenders have been given access to resources to help them deal with the struggles of drug addiction. Drug Court programs throughout the country have proven to be beneficial to those who are accepted, reducing future criminal activity and drug use.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for drug possession and wish to know more about Miami-Dade County’s Drug Court Program, do not hesitate to contact our office at 305-615-1285 to inquire about a free consultation. We are more than happy to look at your case and let you know the best course of action for the best results.


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