April 9, 2014

Pinellas Drug Court Avoid Prison

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Pinellas Drug Court
Pinellas County Drug Court Defense Attorney and former prosecutor is frequently asked several questions. Drug Court is an 18 month supervision program with Department of Corrections / Drug Pre-Trial Intervention. This is also a 12 to 18 month treatment program with treatment offered by DACCO. Upon successful completion of the treatment program and Drug Pre-Trial Intervention supervision your charges will be dismissed.

Now there is news that Pinellas County has expanded their program to include those that would otherwise go to Florida State Prison for between 12 and 17 months. Those case will involve a Criminal Punishment Scorsheet that includes no more than 60 points. According to the Court's announcement, "Defendants with substance abuse issues who score no more than 60 points on state’s sentencing guidelines can apply for admission to program. Until 2012, the threshold had been 52 points, eliminating many likely candidates."

Pinellas Drug Court Press Releases: 

"Adult Drug Court is a voluntary program that combines court-monitored, comprehensive substance abuse treatment with frequent appearances before a judge who may reward progress or sanction non-compliance. Successful completion means no prison time, and the judge may withhold adjudication of guilt and reduce the length of probation. "

"Adult Drug Court is a voluntary program that features court-supervised, comprehensive substance abuse treatment with frequent appearances before a drug court judge. Frequent hearings enable the Court to closely monitor a participant’s progress in treatment and the results of drug testing. The drug court judge may reward progress or sanction non-compliance. "


SAMPLE TEXT OF DRUG COURT CONTRACT

This AGREEMENT is entered into this day, by the Client who agrees that:

The Client meets the criteria and is qualified for admission to the DUI Drug Court Program (hereinafter, the Program). And it is in the Client’s best interest to enter into this Agreement.

The Misdemeanor Client shall participate in the Program for a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months. In accordance with the terms and conditions set forth herein. The Felony Client shall participate in the Program for a minimum of twenty-four (24) months. The Program shall consist of:

A. Phase I Requirements: Duration — MM (14 Weeks): Felony (28 Weeks)

1) Bi-weekly (every other week) court appearances.
2) Attend a minimum of 2 hours of group and/or individual therapy sessions. 1 time per week.
3) Attend a minimum of 4 AA/NA meetings per week. Additional meetings may he. required upon treatment provider recommendation.
4) Submit to random alcohol/drug screens, Client must call the Color Line daily at (863) 534-5828.
5) Comply with any additional requirements recommended by the treatment provider.
6) Defendant will be responsible for all costs associated with the DUI Court Program.

B. Phase II Requirements: Duration — MM (22 Weeks)~ Felony (44 Weeks)

1) Bi-weekly (every other week) court appearances.
2) Attend a minimum of 2 hours of group and/or individual therapy sessions, I time per week.
3) Attend a minimum of 3 AN/NA meetings per week. Additional meetings may be required upon treatment provider Recommendation.
4) Submit to random alcohol/drug screens. Client must call the Color Line daily at (863) 534-5828.
5) Comply with any additional requirements recommended by treatment provider.
6) Defendant will be responsible for all costs associated with the DUI Court Program.
7) There will be NO entry into Phase III until a sponsor has been obtained.

C. Phase III Requirements: Duration — MM (16 weeks); Felony (32 Weeks)

1) Minimum monthly court appearances.
2) Attend a minimum of 2 hours of group and/or individual therapy sessions, biweekly.
3) Attend a minimum of 3 AA/NA meetings per week. Additional meetings may be required upon treatment provider Recommendation.
4) Submit to random alcohol/drug screens. Client must call the Color Line daily at (863) 534-5828.
5) Comply with any additional requirements recommended by the treatment provider.
6) Relapse prevention will be an essential element of Phase 111 treatment and shall be addressed for at least 1 hour during the Group and/or individual sessions.
7) Maintain frequent contact with sponsor.
8) Develop an aftercare plan.
9) Defendants will be responsible for all costs associated with the DUI Court Program.

DUI Drug Court Clients who are on periods of probation longer than twelve (12) or Twenty-lour (24) months may, at the discretion of the Court or Probation, be extended in the Program for a period not to exceed the term of their probation. The Program shall consist of:

A. Phase IV Requirements (for those on extended probation): Duration — not To exceed term of probation

1) Minimum monthly court appearances.
2) Attend a minimum of 1 half hour individual therapy session per month.
3) Attend a minimum of 3 AA/NA meetings per week. Additional meetings may be required upon treatment provider Recommendation.
4) Submit to random alcohol/drug screens. Client must call the Color Line daily at (XXX) YYY-ZZZZ.
5) Comply with any additional requirements recommended by the treatment provider.
6) Relapse Prevention will be a continuing element of Phase IV treatment and shall be addressed in individual therapy.
7) Continue to maintain frequent contact with sponsor.
8) Implement the aftercare plan developed in Phase III.
9) Defendants will continue to be responsible for all costs associated with the DUI Court Program.

4. The Defendant shall appear in open court, when and as ordered to do so by the Court or the DUI Drug Court Program, and upon proper notification at his/her last known address. Failure to appear in court shall constitute a prima-facie violation of the terms of this Agreement. 

5. For participation in the DUI Drug Court Program:
                
a. The Client shall pay the XXX County DUI Drug Court the amount of $l00 for the Initial client assessment and the first drug test, with such amount  Due and payable upon the first visit with the counselor.
b. The Client shall pay the XXX County DUI Drug Court an administrative fee of $180 per month for the services provided by the  Drug Court Program, the first payment of which is due thirty (30) days after signing of this Agreement.
c. For those Clients placed in Phase IV, the Client shall pay the XXX County DUI Drug Court Program an administrative fee of $140 per month for the services provided by the DIM Drug Court Program, the first payment of which is due thirty (30) days after placement in Phase IV.
d. All fees paid to XXX County Drug Court are non-refundable.
e. In the event you graduate or are terminated from the program and have not paid all fees due, these fees will be D6’d against your driver’s license. This means your license will be suspended until full payment is made and you will be responsible to pay additional fees to reinstate your driving privileges.

6. The Client shall comply with the following terms and conditions as a part of this Agreement:

a. Enter and successfully complete the DUI Drug Court Program consisting of evaluation and assessment, intervention, treatment, multiple urine Screens, and payment of all fees;
b. Comply with all program requirements and those imposed by his/her DUI Drug Court Counselor, Probation Officer and the Court;
c. Advise his/her Probation Officer of any changes in address, telephone number, employment status or location, education, or treatment activities;
d. Participate in other programs and/or evaluations as may be established by his/her Counselor, Probation Officer or the Court, the cost of which shall be paid for by the Client;
e. Truthfully answer all inquiries and follow all instructions of his/her Counselor, Probation Officer and expressly permit the Counselor and Probation Officer to visit his/her home, place of employment, school, or other location for the purpose of providing adequate supervision;
f. Make restitution, if necessary, as directed by his/her Counselor, Probation Officer or the Court;
g. Obey all Federal, state, and local laws and ordinances;
h. Associate only with law-abiding persons; and
i. Work regularly at a lawful occupation and/or pursue a course of study as a full-time student.

7. The Client shall not:

a. Use or possess alcohol or any illegal drugs;
b. Own, have in his/her possession, or attempt to purchase a firearm or any type of weapon; and
c. Leave the County or the State without the permission of his/her Probation Officer or the Court.

8. The Client acknowledges that he/she may be arrested without a warrant and be held without bond for violating any of these terms and conditions, and be brought before the Court for further disposition.
9. The Client acknowledges that he/she. Will be subject to warrantless searches and seizures of his/her person and belongings for illegal drugs/alcohol and/or weapons.

10. As a part of our services and to assess the effectiveness of our Program. The Client will be asked to complete a confidential survey for a period of up to twelve (12) months after completing the Program. The Client agrees that he/she will keep a current address with the DUI Drug Court, arid will complete and return any and all questionnaires and surveys that arc sent to the Client up to twelve (12) months post-discharge.

11. The Client acknowledges, understands, and agrees that any violation of this Agreement including testing positive for alcohol or illegal drugs could result in him/her receiving one or more of the following sanctions: 1) ½ day in Court; 2) increase urinalyses; 3) Jail; 4) Essays; 5) Curfew; 6) Lengthen time in program; 7) Community service; 8) Increased group and/or individual sessions; 9) Increase NA/AA: 10) Termination; II) Electronic Monitoring; and 12) Any other sanction the Court may deem appropriate. If client objects to or refuses to comply with any of the therapeutic consequences administered by the DUI Drug Court Judge. He/she can be terminated from the program at that time and his/her probation will be revoked.
12. The Client understands that he/she shall be terminated from the DUI Drug Court Program Upon request if ordered by the Court for non-compliance with program rules and regulations.
13. The Client’s entry into this Agreement is being made freely, knowingly, and voluntarily. If the client fails to abide by the terms and conditions of this Agreement, this will constitute a violation of their probation and they may be sentenced up to the maximum amount of time for the offense they arc on probation. 

14. The Client acknowledges, understands, and agrees that if he/she is dismissed or terminated from the Program either voluntarily or involuntarily, he/she shall not be permitted to re-enter the Program at a later date.

By signing below, the Client acknowledges they have read and understand this Agreement and agree to comply with its terms and conditions.

THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UPON APPROVAL OF THE COURT.

Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/drug-court-to-expand-in-pinellas-pasco-with-prison-diversion-program/2144832