Secure drug treatment at Duval County Jail

June 17, 2012

As a Jacksonville Drug Crime Attorney, I have represented many clients who have drug problems. If not for their drug addiction, they probably would have not been arrested in Duval County. There are a few drug treatment options for people charged with crimes in Northeast Florida. If the person arrested in Jacksonville has not been in trouble before, Duval County Drug Court is an option. Drug court is an intensive twelve to eighteen month program consisting of counseling, random urinalysis and court appearances. If the defendant completes the program, their Jacksonville criminal charges will be dropped.

Another option is called The Matrix House. This is a secure drug program that takes around four months to complete. By secure, I mean that the defendant cannot leave the facility. Matrix House is located at the Community Control building of the jail at 451 Catherine Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. This substance abuse treatment center is run by River Region, a drug treatment company in town. Often times, when someone is sentenced to complete the Matrix program, the person is sentenced to complete it with early release upon completion with Jacksonville Probation to follow. The main condition of this Duval County Probation is to participate in the aftercare program of Matrix.

There are several crimes that will disqualify someone from participating in the Matrix House Program. If convicted of these crimes, the program may reject someone who is otherwise qualified and in need of the services. The crimes are Jacksonville Violation of Injunction, Duval County Aggravated Assault/Battery, Aggravated Stalking, Arson, Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Child Abuse, Escape or Attempted Escape, Carjacking, Murder, Kidnapping, Lewd, Lascivious or Indecent Assault involving a child under 16 years of age, Robbery, Sexual Battery or any attempt to commit the previous crimes. If the defendant has been diagnosed with an underlying medical, mental or emotional disorder, the person can also be disqualified. The applicants for this Jacksonville drug treatment must live in Duval County to be Matrix eligible.

If you have been arrested in Jacksonville and think you may have a drug problem, call our Jacksonville Drug Attorney at (904) 365-5200. There are several options for you in Duval County. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your case with our Experienced Criminal Attorney in Jacksonville, Victoria "Tori" Mussallem. The Mussallem Law Firm is here for you.