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Pre-Trial Intervention in St. Augustine?

Are you eligible for pre-trial intervention or diversion?

When charged with a crime, your first thought is likely of the lifelong social stigma you may face if convicted. Haunted with a criminal record, it can be difficult to obtain employment and even maintain many of your current relationships. But what is there was a way around all of this? Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) may offer you an alternative to the punishments that could be awaiting you.

A PTI program may seem too good to be true and without an attorney fighting for your best possible outcome, it may very well be. Ensuring that your rights are protected begins by consulting with Albaugh Law Firm. Our St. Augustine criminal defense lawyers can help your safeguard future.

What are the benefits of a PTI program?

There are two intervention programs in Florida – Pre-Trial Intervention and Pre-Trial Diversion. The former usually refers to felony crimes, while the latter is typically reserved for those charged with a misdemeanor. In order to qualify, this must be the first offense you’ve been charged with. Successfully completing the program generally means that your charge will be dismissed.

Benefits of PTI & PDP programs are numerous and can include:

  • Avoiding the complications of a criminal trial
  • Undergoing specialized counseling
  • Avoiding a criminal conviction
  • Obtaining a cleared criminal record

The requirements of a PTI program may vary based on the offense, but generally involve monthly meetings with an officer, payment of program fees, community service, counseling, and restitution. Violating the terms of the program may result in your immediate removal.

Begin with a St. Augustine criminal defense attorney!

It is not uncommon for first-time offenders to be told by police officers that they shouldn’t worry about their case due to these diversion programs. However, you should always be proactive about your charges. Even if you do qualify for Pre-Trial Intervention, you need a legal advocate on your side who is constantly upholding your best interests.

There is no better time to find out about your available options than today. With more than 70 years of experience, the team at Albaugh Law Firm is one you can trust implicitly. Get in touch with us for your free consultation.