Brafford Hearing

Brafford signed up for drug court, which allows him to undergo drug testing and counseling for a year in exchange for having his felony cocaine charges dropped.

The hearing lasted a total of 23 seconds. Ron Brafford agreed to abide by the rules and regulations of drug court and return here to give the judge monthly updates.

"His position is he'd like to move forward for his family, get this out of the way. We're excited that he can get this thing resolved and all charges will be dropped against him if he completes the program."

Brafford was arrested September 4 after crashing his car into a wall along Miccosukee Road. Brafford's attorney says he will fight drunk driving charges, but as for the half-gram of cocaine police say they found in his car, Brafford opted to sign up for drug court.

Here's how it works: the defendant signs an agreement that he'll refrain from using or possessing any illegal drugs and won't consume any alcohol for 12 to 18 months. He's subject to regular urinalysis testing and counseling sessions and must report to court once a month.

If Brafford completes the program successfully, the felony cocaine charges against him will be dropped and the arrest record will be sealed.

Kevin Koelemij counsels recovering addicts and alcoholics. He's one himself; he says drug court offers first time drug offenders a deal most can't refuse.

"It's a real interesting and effective balance of the punishment model and the treatment model. It gives people an opportunity to get the help they need while still addressing the consequences of their behavior."

There are about 50 participants in drug court. Right now, nine graduated Friday Brafford's next status hearing will come November 14.


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