PRE-TRIAL DIVERSION IN FLORIDA
Is this your first arrest? Criminal cases can be terrifying and confusing, but if this is your first case, you may be eligible for an opportunity to have your case automatically dismissed.
Depending on the County your case is in, Pre-Trial Diversion, (PTD), Deferred Prosecution, or Pre-Trial Intervention may be available to you.
These programs are managed by the State Attorney’s Office or the State of Florida and are aimed at giving first-time offenders a second chance to keep a clean record. If you qualify, you will be asked to complete some conditions. Once you have completed the conditions set for you, your case will be dismissed.
In contacting an attorney who understands the charges and who understand how the system works, we can get you the best results from your bond hearing. Before you call a bail bondsman or try to go it on your own, contact us.
IMPORTANT PRE-TRIAL DIVERSION INFORMATION
Although requirements vary by county, the general qualifications for diversion include:
- No prior arrests or criminal charges for similar offenses
- Current charge is a misdemeanor or 3rd degree non-violent felony
- U.S. Citizenship
- Some programs require you to live in Florida/the county of arrest
- Ability to pay restitution, if applicable
Additional factors may be taken into consideration. If there is a victim involved, they usually must give permission for you to complete the program. If you are charged with a DUI, you may not be eligible based on your breath test results or if a crash was involved.
WHAT THE CONDITIONS ARE
The conditions of the program vary by charge, but most charges require:
- Enrollment into the program for 3-12 months, depending on the charge
- Payment for the cost of the program, cost of prosecution, restitution, and possible fines
- Community Service
- Classes such as Anger Management, Impulse Control, or Batterer’s Intervention Program, depending on the charge
- For more questions about diversion and whether it is right for you, call Jordan Law today at 407-906-JLaw!
For a better idea of what PTD requires, here is the Orange County Pretrial Diversion Information.
CRIMINAL LAW PRACTICE AREAS
Driving Under the Influence
Violations of Probation