What Happens If I Do Not Complete The PTI Program?

What Happens If I Do Not Complete The PTI Program?

A Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) is a diversion program intended to provide appropriate counseling, education, supervision, and medical and psychological services for individuals charged with misdemeanors and third-degree felonies. There are pros and cons to entering an intervention program that should be discussed with your attorney.

The Pretrial Intervention Program is not available to everyone and not everyone is accepted into the program. Is the PTI program right for you? The PTI program is the best option in most situations but not all. If you are in the PTI program your goal is to complete the program without violating the terms and conditions of the program. Successfully completing PTI will result in the dismissal of your charges.

Understanding how your PTI program could end is important. There are three options for how your PTI program could end:

1. The case resumes before the Judge if the your performance has been unsatisfactory;
2. You require further supervision; or
3. The charges are dismissed.

Failing to complete the program results in the charges going back before the Judge and your case starts all over again. Your case proceeds as if PTI never happened. You can still address any legal issues in the case, accept an offer to resolve the case, or take the case to trial.

Before you consider the program make sure you are aware of certain consequences to electing PTI that you should discuss further with your attorney. For example, if you decide to enter the PTI program, he or she must either first accept responsibility or admit guilt. The acceptance of guilt cannot be used as a confession or admission in prosecution later if you fail to successfully complete the program. Also, if your PTI participation is unsatisfactory, the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure require that the violation of PTI terms be used against you on the criminal punishment score sheet. Accordingly, the failure to properly complete the PTI may result in a harsher sentence than then you would have initially received.

The one thing attorneys can do that a person appearing without an attorney can’t do is an attorney can, on occasion, get a person back into the program. If you need help making the criminal charges go away then call us immediately. Let your St. Petersburg PTI attorneys fight on your behalf. We can be reached at (727) 797-9600 in Pinellas County, (813) 333-6517 in Hillsborough County.

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