Frequently Asked Questions About Pretrial Intervention
Pretrial intervention is just that – an alternative to being prosecuted. If you have never been charged with a crime before, it’s important to remember that you have options. Some first-time offenses may be eligible for pretrial intervention and other diversion programs. To learn more, please read the answers to some common questions below. Contact us at Bodiford Law, P.A., for answers to your additional questions and to discuss whether you may qualify.
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What is ``pretrial intervention``?
Pretrial intervention (PTI) is a diversion program for first-time offenders. It is an 18-month drug program. It is a voluntary agreement between the state of Florida and the person arrested. Successful completion of the program results in the charges being voluntarily dismissed by the state of Florida.
Am I eligible for PTI?
First-time offenders are eligible for PTI if they are charged with any kind of felony of the third degree such as grand theft or possession.
I was charged with a drug offense. Is PTI available for drug charges?
Yes, it is referred to as Drug Court PTI (pretrial intervention). It is a similar program with an emphasis on rehabilitation. Therefore, Drug Court PTI is a rehabilitation program for “users” and not for “sellers.” Charges such as delivery of a controlled substance and trafficking are not usually eligible. Successful completion of the program results in the charges being voluntarily dismissed by the state of Florida.
What if I am charged with a misdemeanor?
If you are charged with a misdemeanor there is a diversion program called the Misdemeanor Intervention Program (MIP). This is the same as pretrial intervention. This program is shorter, generally three to six months, and also results in the charges being dismissed if you qualify and successfully complete the program.
Do You Qualify For Pretrial Intervention?
To talk to an experienced criminal lawyer about whether you may qualify for any type of diversion program, contact our Tallahassee firm. Call or text Bodiford Law, P.A., at 850-222-4529 or send us an email. We offer free consultations to all prospective clients, so there is no risk in giving us a call today.