The state of Florida offers diversion programs for certain criminal offenders. The program is typically offered by the State Attorney’s office to first time offenders.
TYPES OF DIVERSION PROGRAMS:
The following are types of programs offered:
- Pre-trial intervention for misdemeanors
- Pre-trial intervention for first time non-violent third degree felony offenders
- Drug intervention programs
- Mental health programs
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Diversion programs are typically offered to non-violent offenders with little or no criminal history. Contact our Clearwater criminal defense firm to find out if you are eligible for a diversion/ intervention program.
BENEFITS OF INTERVENTION PROGRAMS:
The State Attorneys’ office in most jurisdictions are particularly motivated to divert first time offenders in an effort to reduce the amount of cases that are ultimately prosecuted. This benefits the State by saving money and also benefits our clients by giving them an opportunity to have the charges dismissed. After successful completion of the program, an individual may then apply for sealing and expunction.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A DIVERSION PROGRAM:
As a condition of most diversion programs, you will be required to pay a certain amount of money either towards restitution (if it is an issue in your case), fines and/or the cost of supervision. Additionally, you may be required to do community service hours. Depending on the type of charge, you may have other conditions such as: shoplifter’s awareness course, anger management, mental health treatment, alcohol or drug treatment or AA/ NA meetings.
HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE:
The Clearwater criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC have over 16 years combined experience defending criminal cases in the state of Florida. We represent individuals in Largo, Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg and many other surrounding cities. Call for a free case evaluation to find out if you may be eligible for a pre-trial intervention or diversion program.