Benefits of the Pretrial Intervention Program
Written by Moses & Rooth Attorneys at Law on March 24, 2016
We are all human. Some of us are smarter than others, but there is no denying that we are all human. Humans make mistakes, though some mistakes are bigger than others, and when mistakes are made, there are consequences that accompany them. The same is true with the law. In Florida, though you may have been charged and convicted of a crime, sometimes second chances do exist. This second chance can come in the form of a Pretrial Intervention Program and can save you years of headache when dealing with your criminal record.
If you or a loved one have been charged of a crime, contact an experienced Florida criminal law attorney to see if you qualify for this program. The reward could be invaluable.
What are Pretrial Intervention Programs?
Whether you call it a second chance or not, the truth is that the Pretrial Intervention Program can seem like one for those who have been charged with a nonviolent misdemeanor or third degree felony. For the above, the pretrial intervention program is designed to keep first time offenders from gaining a criminal conviction by allowing the defendant to participate in a program governed by Florida Statute Section 948.08. For individuals previously convicted of not more than one nonviolent misdemeanor, if they are charged with any misdemeanor or felony of the third degree, they are eligible for release to the pretrial intervention program on the approval of the administrator of the program and the state attorney.
Pretrial intervention programs can consist of counseling, education, supervision, as well as medical and psychological treatment as needed by the defendant. Conditions of the pretrial intervention program can include payment of supervision fees, community service, as well as reporting monthly, much like probation. After completing the program successfully, the defendant’s charges will be dismissed, allowing them another chance in society. However, if you fail to complete the pretrial intervention program, the State’s Attorney can proceed with the charges. To see if you qualify for the program it is best to speak with an attorney so that you can understand the requirements.
Need Legal Advice?
Though you may have made a mistake, in some cases, you do not have to live with that mistake forever. Florida allows some individuals at shot at a second chance. If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime contact Moses & Rooth Attorneys at Law at (407) 377-0150 so that we can determine the best strategy for your case and to see if you may qualify for one of these programs. Contact our office today for an initial consultation.