Pretrial Diversion in Fort Walton Beach
As part of normal plea negotiations between prosecutors and your legal team, it may be possible to secure a diversionary program as an alternative to the penalties traditionally associated with the offense you allegedly committed. While these programs are typically only available to first-time offenders, it may be possible to secure a diversionary program even if you have a minor record.
What is diversion?
Rather than entering a guilty plea, a diversionary program will allow you to enter into a legal agreement whereby you complete the mandated program so that, ultimately, your charges will be dismissed. As a preeminently low-risk high-reward alternative to other penalties, diversion programs can be ideal for anyone facing a felony or misdemeanor charge as the eventual outcome of those charges will be guaranteed.
What forms of pretrial diversion are available in Fort Walton Beach?
There are currently three diversion programs available:
- Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs)
- Pretrial Diversion (PTD)
- Pretrial Intervention (PTI)
Typically, PTI programs are utilized in conjunction with felony cases, while DPA and PTD programs are more associated with misdemeanor cases. Though all three programs are quite similar to one another, there are a few key differences. To learn more about any of these three programs, feel free to call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097 today.
How do the DPA and PTI programs work?
Essentially, diversion programs represent a contract between prosecutors and yourself, under the exact terms negotiated by your attorney. With that in mind, the contract will have a clearly defined period of time within which the conditions of the contract must be completed.
Once you reach out to our Fort Walton Beach legal team, we will be able to discuss exactly what conditions might be possible to secure given your specific circumstances.
What happens to people who do not complete the conditions of their pretrial diversion program?
If for any reason you decide not to complete the conditions of your diversion program, your case will simply return to the point it was at before you agreed to take part in a diversion program. As such, your case would again be set to go to trial and you would again need to prepare your defense with your legal team.
Are diversions available to anyone?
Some charges—DUI charges, for instance—are not eligible for diversion. Even if your case is eligible, though, we will still need to convince the prosecutor that you are a good candidate for one of the programs and that you deserve the opportunity for a second chance.
Once the prosecutor is on board, an effective defense attorney will be capable of negotiating the exact terms of the diversion program you are eligible for. By doing so, you and your attorney may better ensure that the State honors those exact terms once you have completed the program.
With a negotiated DPA or PTI, for instance, we have helped many clients walk away from their charges with a clean criminal record, all without ever having to go to trial.
Contact a Fort Walton Beach Criminal Defense Attorney
With over 14 years of experience, Tim Flaherty and his legal team understand which moves you will need to make in order to achieve the best possible results in your case. While you may be facing a potential crisis at the moment, it is critical that you remember that you have not been convicted of anything yet and that you have options to consider.
With that in mind, contact Flaherty Defense Firm if you have been charged with a criminal offense in the Fort Walton Beach area. Our legal team is committed to keeping our clients out of jail and free of any new convictions on their records. To discuss the particulars of your case please call us at (850) 243-6097 today.