Here are some common questions regarding Florida’s Jail Diversion Program. Powers Sellers& Finkelstein can help you if you need a jail diversion program attorney in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties today. It is our goal to ensure you obtain the answers you deserve, as well as give you the representation and assistance you need to ensure a successful outcome for your case. Contact us immediately for a free case review. We’ll even come to you if you’re incarcerated. Call (727) 531-2926 now!
Each program will have different costs. You may pay more depending on the type of charge and the recommended program for that charge. If you are accepted into one of the alternative sentencing or jail diversion programs, you can expect to pay fines, fees, and costs. If you owe restitution to a victim, you can expect to have to pay restitution as part of your program as well. Getting arrested is not cheap, but the benefits of entering a program will far outweigh the costs you will pay to do so.
The previous arrest(s) will be taken into consideration when you apply for an alternative program. Most programs require little or no prior record for eligibility to participate.
Some Florida jurisdictions do have diversion programs for first time DUI’s. Depending on the facts surrounding your arrest, your prior criminal record and the county you were arrested in, your attorney may be able to make the case for a lesser offense. Negotiating something less than a DUI conviction is extremely important as a lesser disposition can save you time and money as well as avoid increased insurance rates.
Pre-trial diversion is usually offered to non-violent, first time offenders or offenders with minimal records. Upon successful completion of the program, the charges may be dismissed. Post-conviction alternatives are usually under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. If you are looking at a conviction and some form of jail, the State of Florida has alternatives to straight jail/prison time. These alternatives may include some form of work release, community control, house arrest, electronic monitoring or probation.
Typically, no. Most programs require supervision in the county you were arrested. If you are not from Florida and plan to go back to your home state, call our office and we can discuss more options for you akin to diversion such as pre-trial mitigation.
Most likely, you will have to submit to random drug screening. You are more likely to be required to submit to random drug tests if your charge is drug-related.
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