If you are facing charges for driving under the influence, you undoubtedly have some worries about your future. After all, in addition to the legal penalties that often come with a DUI conviction, you may have a criminal record for the rest of your life.
In Florida, a pretrial diversion program is available to some DUI offenders. If you are eligible for the program, the prosecutor may drop your DUI charges after you complete the program successfully.
Who can participate in a DUI pretrial diversion program?
Under Florida law, you must meet all eligibility requirements to qualify for a DUI pretrial diversion program. For DUI offenders, these include the following:
- You must have legal residency in the U.S.
- Your DUI charge must be a misdemeanor
- You must have not participated in a previous DUI pretrial diversion program
- You must have no prior alcohol-related driving offenses on your record
- You must have no history of dangerous driving
- The Office of the State Attorney must agree to your pretrial diversion participation
What can you expect in a DUI pretrial diversion program?
If the Office of the State Attorney accepts your participation in a pretrial diversion program, you temporarily exit the criminal justice system. This requires waiving your right to a speedy trial. Then, after you complete the program’s requirements, including any sanctions and supervision, the state dismisses its case against you.
Successfully completing a DUI diversion program is an effective way to keep a criminal record from ruining your life. Ultimately, though, you may need to act quickly to gain admission into a program.