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The Law Office of Lee Meadows has over 36 years assisting people needing guidance regarding Diversion Programs.
In general, diversion programs are similar to being placed on probation, as you have to report, attend short classes, and complete community service. However, they have two great benefits:
- You may not have to admit any guilt, and
- The charges are dismissed upon successful completion
Pretrial Diversion (PTD) is a diversionary program run by the State Attorney’s Office and is usually reserved for first time, nonviolent offenders.
PTD is similar to probation, in that once you are accepted into the program you must report monthly to a supervising officer, undergo random drug testing, complete community service hours, and refrain from being involved in any criminal activity.
Additionally, Pretrial Diversion requires the permission of the victim in your case (if there is one). Your charges will be dropped upon successful completion of the PTD program.
The length of PTD depends on the seriousness of your charges and how quickly you can complete the program’s requirements. Generally, PTD lasts a minimum of six (6) months for misdemeanor cases and twelve (12) months for felony cases.
Pretrial Intervention (PTI) is similar to PTD but is open to repeat offenders. Once accepted into PTI you must report monthly, undergo a drug evaluation and treatment, complete other requirements ordered by the court (i.e. community service or donation), and refrain from being re-arrested. Your charges will be dropped upon successful completion of the PTI program.
Importantly, even though you may be eligible for PTI, many attorneys are unfamiliar with the program because it is only offered by certain prosecutors or judges. As a result, it is important to hire an attorney familiar with the individual prosecutors and judges to ensure that you are properly referred.
Drug Court is a diversion program for repeat drug offenders and people who have an intense drug addiction. Drug Court can last up to 36 months (but can be completed in as little as nine months) and includes intensive drug treatment and group therapy.
If you are ineligible for (or unwilling to enter) a diversion program, chances are I can still resolve your case with minimal sanctions. This resolution will usually include:
- Withholding the Formal Adjudication of Guilt
- Reduced Charges or Dismissed Counts
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