Criminal Defense

What is pre-trial diversion or pre-trial intervention?

Pretrial diversion or pretrial intervention are programs that are usually given to first time offenders (depending on the offense - the more serious the offense, the less likely the offender will be offered these programs) to enable the offender to avoid taking a plea on a criminal case and ultimately have the case dismissed. It's like giving you a 2nd chance to keep a clean record which is important in today's world.

 

Pretrial diversion or pretrial intervention in Florida

If you have been charged with a crime and you are a first time offender, there is a very good possibility that the state attorney will offer you a "pretrial diversion/intervention" program. So, what is this? This is essentially an offer made to you by the state to drop the charges against you if you comply with certain conditions. The most common condition is that you go to some educational counseling classes. There will be a fee for these classes but they are usually less than court costs if you took a plea.