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Drug Possession - Options

Each day many are arrested in Orlando and Kissimmee for drug possession. When you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with possessing drugs of any kind there are many different ways to handle and resolve the case.  In determining what option is best for the client many factors need to be considered, such as the circumstances of the arrest, what evidence has or has not been collected by the police and most importantly what is in the best interest of the client. If you have been arrested in Orlando or Kissimmee it may be in your best interest to consult with Orlando criminal defense attorney Will Corzo or Sam Kohrs.

If the client does not elect to fight their case at trial or if there are no pretrial options available the courts throughout Central Florida, including Orange County and Osceola County provide a variety of resolution alternatives to someone charged with possessing drugs.  Many of our clients are primarily interested in two important things:

1. Remaining "conviction free"; and
2. Not losing their drivers license.

Below is a brief description of the above mentioned resolution alternatives.  Please remember that each case is different and all options are not available to all clients. Please contact Orlando criminal defense attorney Will Corzo or Sam Kohrs for additional information regarding the criteria for each program and whether you would qualify.

Pretrial Diversion

This option is a client favorite and as the name implies, Pretrial Diversion diverts you and your criminal case from the criminal court system. The program is run by the Office of the State Attorney and for the most part is only available to first time offenders. This program is very similar to ‘regular’  probation, in that once you are accepted into the program you must report once a month to a supervising officer and follow through with certain requirements such as random drug testing, community service hours, and remaining free of any involvement in criminal activity. Best thing, your charges will be dropped upon successful completion of the program.

Pretrial Intervention

This option is similar to the Pretrial Diversion program mentioned above, however it is run by the Court, not the Office of the State Attorney. Also, this program is somewhat less restrictive in allowing clients with less than perfect records to participate in the program. Also similar to probation, once you are accepted into the program you must report to the Court on a regular basis and follow through with certain requirements such as random drug testing, community service hours, and remaining free of any involvement in criminal activity. Best thing, your charges will be dropped upon successful completion of the program.

Drug Court

Similar to the Pretrial diversion program, Drug Court is a diversionary program that depending on the county, allows persons charged with either a misdemeanor or felony drug offense to avoid the criminal court system. The program is thorough and provides evaluation, support and counseling for substance abusing offenders allowing them to address their problems. Drug Court participation and compliance is reviewed by the presiding Judge and Drug Court personnel.  Noncompliant participants may be given sanctions such as additional counseling or treatment as opposed to incarceration. The success of this program and the many it has helped makes this a truly unique resolution option and of course if successfully completed, it may result in your charges being dropped.

An option before considering a Plea or Trial – The Motion to Suppress

As your case is reviewed and the circumstances of your arrest come to light a Motion to Suppress may be an option for you.  A Motion to Suppress is filed by your attorney for the purpose of keeping out evidence in your case that was illegally obtained. In our experience drug arrests are ones where the possibility of a Motion to Suppress often arises.  Why? Because drug arrests are often based on unlawful stops (being pulled over for no reason), baseless police hunches, illegal police encounters with citizens (being stopped and questioned on the street for unlawfully) and unreliable and often biased police informants.  Not all cases are the same, but if a motion to suppress is granted in your favor, the case against you may be dismissed.

Plea Bargain

Many of our clients are not interested in Drug Court as it can often be time consuming and reserved for those who have an addiction and need the help. A plea typically involves negotiation of the best possible resolution for the client and may include probation with terms such as community service and drug screening. Prior to entering a plea our clients are fully advised of the terms and conditions so that they know exactly what they are getting.  Our goal here is to minimize the sanctions imposed and if possible keep you conviction free and keep your driver’s license. Many clients choose this option over the uncertainty of trial and what they believe is in their best interest.

Trial by Jury

Depending on the circumstances of your particular case trial may be an option.  Not all cases are ‘trial’ cases.  If there is overwhelming evidence of your guilt trial is probably not the best option for you.  However, not everyone charged with a drug offense is guilty and if the circumstances of your particular case are suitable for trial we have the experience and knowledge to assist you in establishing your innocence.

**Disclaimer: The information on this page should be used as a reference only and is not intended to be legal advice. Florida criminal law is continually changing therefore some of the provisions contained here may be out of date. It is always best to consult with an Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney about your legal rights and responsibilities regarding your particular case.**

A complete listing of all Florida Statutes can be found at http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes

Consult With an Experienced Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are convicted of a Drug Crime in Florida you subject yourself to the following: a permanent criminal record, loss of professional or occupational license, suspension of driver’s license, community service, possible jail or prison time, fines and possible job loss.
 
The facts of every Drug Sale or Drug Possession case is different and often complex that is why it is important that you obtain representation from an Orlando criminal defense attorney experienced in defending, not prosecuting these types of crimes.
 
If you have been arrested and charged with Drug Sale or Possession or any other criminal offense contact Orlando criminal defense attorney Will Corzo or Sam Kohrs.

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