In Florida, Pretrial Intervention (PTI), sometimes also called Pretrial Diversion, is a diversionary program operated by the Office of the State Attorney to resolve specific criminal cases, including misdemeanors and felonies, without handling through the traditional judicial process of plea or trial and sentence. This program is available to first-time offenders or individuals with a minimal prior record. If you are admitted into and successfully complete the PTI program, the charge against you will be dismissed.
Who is Eligible for Pretrial Intervention in Florida?
Pretrial Intervention is available to a first-time offender, or an individual with a minimal prior criminal record. The purpose of the program is to provide criminal defendants appropriate counseling, education, or treatment in order to prevent future criminal issues. Admission to the program is based on the sole discretion of the State Attorney, and requires consent from the victim, if any, and the judge presiding over the criminal case.
What Criminal Charges May be Referred to Pretrial Intervention in Florida?
Typically, only nonviolent, relatively minor criminal charges are eligible for Pretrial Intervention in Florida. Common examples of cases referred to PTI include, but are not limited to:
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of a Controlled Substance;
- Possession of Cocaine;
- Petit theft;
- Grand theft;
- Racing on highways;
- Reckless driving;
- Possession of alcohol by a person under 21
- Leaving the scene of an accident;
Pretrial Intervention in Florida also exists for veterans or members of the armed services who are charged with certain felonies and who suffer from military-service related mental illness, substance abuse, or other psychological problems.
Is Pretrial Intervention in Florida Guaranteed?
No. There is no guarantee a certain case will be referred to Pretrial Intervention in Florida. The decision to refer a criminal case to PTI is entirely dependent upon the prosecutor handling the case. Most times, first-time offenders are NOT offered Pretrial Intervention.
Many times, an experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer is necessary in order to persuade the State Attorney’s Office to refer a criminal case to PTI. Often a prosecutor who knows that a criminal defendant is not represented by an aggressive Jacksonville Pretrial Intervention Attorney is much more likely to dispose of a case without considering PTI.
Contact Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney Michael Rainka
If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you may be eligible to have your case referred to Pretrial Intervention in Florida, including Jacksonville, Duval County, St. Johns, County, Nassau County, Clay County, Flagler County, or Northeast Florida, contact Rainka Law now. Michael Rainka is a skilled and aggressive Drug Crime Attorney in Jacksonville. The initial consultation is always free.