Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) is a program that offers first time felony
offenders a chance to avoid some of the hurdles of having a criminal conviction
by moving their case away from the trial court process. If you have been
charged with a qualifying
third degree felony, you might be eligible for this program.
The PTI program is like being on probation. After you successfully complete the program,
the charges against you will be dismissed. Typical conditions of PTI include:
- Monthly reporting
- Payment of supervision fees
- Community service
- Appropriate counseling or treatment
Who Is Eligible for Pre-Trial Intervention?
Florida Statute Section 948.08, “Any first offender, or any person previously convicted of not
more than one nonviolent misdemeanor, who is charged with any misdemeanor
or felony of the third degree is eligible for release to the pre-trial
intervention program on the approval of the administrator of the program
and the consent of the victim, the state attorney, and the judge who presided
at the initial appearance hearing of the offender."
Under other stipulations in Florida Statutes Section 948.08, “A person
who is charged with a felony of the second or third degree for purchase
or possession of a controlled substance …or obtaining a prescription
by fraud; who has not been charged with a crime involving violence…and
who has not previously been convicted of a felony nor been admitted to
a felony pretrial program referred to in this section is eligible for
voluntary admission into a pretrial substance abuse education and treatment
What Are the Benefits of Pre-Trial Intervention?
Some of the benefits of pre-trial intervention include:
- Avoiding the stress of a criminal trial
- Avoiding the possibility of a criminal conviction
- Avoiding a permanent criminal record
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