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What is Drug Court?

Drug Court, a diversionary program conducted in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River, and Okeechobee counties, is available to first-time offenders charged with a third degree drug-related felony. Offenders with other charges may be eligible for Drug Court upon agreement by all parties.

The Drug Court team includes a Drug Court Judge, a representative from both the Public Defender’s and State Attorneys Offices, and community providers and independent Substance Abuse Specialist evaluates clients for needed services and recommends placement in either the Education, Full, or the Inpatient plus Full Programs that comprise Drug Court.
The Drug Court team monitors clients as they progress through their program(s). Each Program is at least 1 year in length; however, additional time in the program can be required upon recommendation of the Drug Court Team.

The Education Program requires the client to successfully complete 15 hours of drug/alcohol education, attend two AA/NA meetings per week, submit to random drug screening, and attend Drug Court. Clients failing drug screening are automatically placed in the Full Program.

The Full Program covers a total of 52 weeks. It is divided so that for each week during the first 10 weeks clients attend court weekly, participate in one group and one individual counseling session, attend 5 AA/NA meetings, and undergo drug screening. The second 10 weeks requires that clients attend Drug Court every two weeks, attend one group counseling session and 3 AA//NA each week, in addition to a weekly drug screening. During the remainder of time in the Full Program, clients attend Drug Court monthly, participate in aftercare counseling, and random drug screening.

Clients in need of residential treatment are designated for the Inpatient Program. Upon discharge as an Inpatient, the client enters an abbreviated Full Program.

Sentencing Drug Court offenders shall be withheld pending successful completion of their Drug Court Program. Successful completion results in charges being dropped. Failure to meet the requirements of the Drug Court program results in sanctions by the Court; however, the client may be retained in the program to be given a second chance. Repeated failure to participate and meet the specific requirements of the program, or in circumstances where clients incur new charges, the client may be returned to the Justice System for sentencing.


Visit Us at Drug Court

St. Lucie County
Juvenile - Thursday afternoons
 court at 3:30 p.m.
Adult - Felony
court at 10:00 a.m.
Adult - Misdemeanor
court at 3:00 p.m.

Indian River County
Juvenile - Wednesday
court at 3:00 p.m.
Adult - Wednesday
court at 1:30 p.m.

Martin County
Juvenile - Monday afternoons
court at 3:00 p.m.
Adult - Friday
court at 10:00 a.m.

Okeechobee County
Juvenile - Wednesday afternoons
court at 3:30 p.m.
Adult - Wednesday afternoons
court at 3:00 p.m.


Contact Information

Lisa Fonteyn
Client Services Coordinator
Katie Alonzo, Esq.
Assistant Public Defender
Diversion Court Supervisor
Michelle Derrico
Client Services Specialist

Jessica Holberton, Esq.  Client Services Specialist
Diversion Court Attorney

1664 SE Walton Road
Suite 203
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

 Fax (772) 337- 5668



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