Is Pretrial Intervention Diversion Program Right for You?

An individual charged with any misdemeanor or third-degree felony qualifies to apply in the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI). Any first-time offender may apply for PTI. An individual previously convicted one non-violent misdemeanor may also apply for PTI. The defendant must obtain approval of the State Attorney’s Office, the probation department and consent of the victim if there is a victim involved.

The defendant should consult with his or her attorney, voluntarily agree to participate in the program, and knowingly and intelligently waive the right to speedy trial for the duration of the program. Further, an individual charged with a non-violent third degree felony and has a substance abuse problem may qualify for the PTI Drug Court.

What is the benefit of the Pretrial Intervention Program? Your case is dismissed if you complete all of the terms and conditions of the program. I violation of the program rules removes your case from the program and you now appear back in front of the judge. Whether you are applying for the Pinellas PTI program, Pasco PTI program or the Hillsborough PTI program the information provided is pretty consistent between the counties.

Florida Statutes §§ 948.08 and 948.16 governs Pretrial intervention programs (PTI). These diversion programs are intended to provide appropriate counseling, education, supervision, and medical and psychological services. The Department of Corrections supervises PTI programs for those charged with felonies, and the Salvation Army supervises the programs for defendants charged with misdemeanors.

The PTI program is a great option for most first time offenders and it provides a way out of an otherwise bad situation. Consult your Pinellas PTI lawyers at the Rooth Law Group for more information about the PTI diversion program. The Pretrial Intervention Program provides an opportunity to dismiss your case and then erase your criminal record. Learn how, call Rooth Law Group today. (727) 797-9600 in Pinellas County, (813) 333-6517 in Hillsborough County

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