Jacksonville is filled with those people who aspire to be great. However, the stress of attempting to be great can be momentous, and as such, those people turn to substances that help them relax. However, those substances, when used in the quantity that they have been, can be destructive to that vision of being great. If one has been accused of a drug crime, one should contact an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure that one can continue on that path to greatness.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach County has sent dozens of drug offenders, particularly oxycodone addicts, to drug court. This action has come out of a growing trend in Palm Beach County to release these addicts to the drug court program, attempting to rehabilitate addicts and have them randomly drug tested to make sure they do not relapse and end up back in the system for the same crime.
Jacksonville drug cases can be routine from time to time; however, this does not mean that each drug case should be treated the same nor does it mean that each case has its own unique set of circumstances, defenses, and mitigating factors. These factors will determine whether one, in the mind of the judge, should go to jail, rehab, or a combination of both.
In Jacksonville, the police have one goal in mind when it comes to drugs: increase the number of arrests and cut down the amount of drug traffic. This is a great goal; however, when the person accused of the drug crime enters the system, they are no longer just a number. That person becomes someone who is now recognized within the system as having a problem. They have a recognizable face.
Unfortunately, those accused of these charges are not seen in that manner. Most are seen as routine offenders. Sadly, this thought is true of many offenders. However, people in this situation, especially repeat offenders, need treatment. This treatment must be better than a jail cell. For many, a cell is not a treatment center, but a place they must bide time in until they can get a substance to abuse.
In this case, most of the drug offenders are and have been accused of abusing oxycodone and oxycontin, both schedule 2 substances under Florida Statute 893.03. These substances have accepted medical uses but the State has recognized that these substances are not only harmful in high doses but are potential both psychologically and physically addicting. It seems that if the State is going to allow these harmful drugs to be prescribed by licensed physicians, the State would also recognize the problem they are for addicts.
The State be trying to clean these offenders up similar to what Palm Coast County is valiantly attempting to do. However, this is not the case in every county. But, that does not mean that one’s hope for a treatment program is out of reach. There are options other than a jail cell. An experienced Jacksonville drug crimes attorney can provide those options.
One should not risk going to jail for a long period of time when an experienced attorney can make sure that their best defense is brought forth and their rights fought are fought for. The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900
Additional Source: Pain pill addicts sent to drug court in Palm Beach County, Alexia Campbell, The Sun-Sentinel