Pursuing Diversion Programs
The state of Florida offers diversion programs for certain offenders. The program is typically offered by the state attorney’s office to first-time offenders. If you are looking to qualify for one of these programs, then the help of a criminal defense attorney is essential.
At the Finkelstein Firm, P.A., I represent clients throughout the Clearwater area with their criminal defense needs, including pursuing diversion programs. I am lawyer Jenna Finkelstein. Before you begin your pursuit, you need to know what programs are available and which of them you may qualify for.
Types Of Diversion Programs
There are several programs that may pertain to your unique situation for a diversion program. The following are the types of programs offered:
- Pretrial intervention for misdemeanors
- Pretrial intervention for first-time nonviolent third-degree felony offenders
- Drug intervention programs
- Mental health programs
Although you may think that one of these programs is right for you, you still need to qualify for it.
Determining Eligibility And Understanding The Benefits
Diversion programs are typically offered to nonviolent offenders with little or no criminal history. I can help you find out if you are eligible for a diversion/intervention program.
The state attorneys’ offices in most jurisdictions are particularly motivated to divert first-time offenders to reduce the number of cases that are ultimately prosecuted. This benefits the state by saving money and my clients by allowing them to have the charges dismissed. After successfully completing the program, an individual may apply for sealing and expunction.
As a condition of most diversion programs, you will be required to pay a certain amount of money either toward 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 completing a shoplifter’s awareness course or an anger management class; getting mental health, alcohol or drug treatment; or attending AA/NA meetings.
Let Me Review Your Case
At the Finkelstein Firm, P.A., I have years of experience defending criminal cases in the state of Florida. I represent individuals in Largo, Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg and many other surrounding cities. Call 727-202-4418 or email me here for a free case evaluation to find out if you may be eligible for a pretrial intervention or diversion program.