For First-Time Offenders In Seminole County: Pretrial Diversion
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Seminole County, Florida, and have no prior criminal record, you may be eligible for the Seminole County Pretrial Diversion Program. The program allows an individual to get charges dismissed. However, this is dependent upon completing certain requirements, such as substance abuse counseling, community service and payment of fees. Once all requirements are completed, the Florida State Attorney’s Office will file for charges to be dropped. This option is most beneficial because it allows someone to go forward without a criminal record.
Drug Charge Defense Attorneys in Seminole County
At The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen & Associates, we always look into whether pretrial diversion is an option for our clients. We want you not only to get charges dropped but also to be able to move forward with a clean record. Whether you are facing allegations of traffic violations or drug charges, we can help you get your life back on track.
Pretrial Diversion Program Requirements in Seminole County
Seminole County has one of the stricter diversion programs, as compared to Orange County, which has a DUI pretrial diversion program. In Seminole County, the charge must be minor, such as a first-time drug possession charge, traffic violation or petit theft misdemeanor.
Essentially, if you qualify for the pretrial diversion program, you enter into a contract with the state attorney. You must meet all requirements of the contract, otherwise the state attorney can pursue prosecuting you for the original charge, as if “all bets are off” once you violate the contract.
Examples of requirements that must be met include:
- Reporting to and meeting with a pretrial diversion counselor
- Gaining lawful employment
- Completing specified number of community service hours
- Program fees
- Cooperating and actively participating in substance abuse programs
- Random drug/alcohol testing
Pretrial Intervention for Felonies in Seminole County
If you are charged with a felony or you have a prior record in Seminole County, you may be eligible for pretrial intervention. Pretrial intervention still allows an individual to get their case dismissed. There are of course certain requirements that must be met in order to enter this drug treatment program. Some requirements include being a resident of Seminole County and the felony charge must be a nonviolent one. Our attorneys can discuss your specific felony charge with you and whether any of the pretrial programs are a possibility for you.
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Call The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen & Associates, at 407-246-0066 to find out more about Seminole County pretrial diversion and whether your situation qualifies for the program.
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