Pretrial diversion programs are great outcomes for most people that have been charged with a crime in the State of Florida. However, it may not be the best option for you. Of course you don’t know this until consulting with a knowledgeable defense attorney that can properly advise if this is truly the best outcome for your case. Some counties throughout Florida make you sign an admission of guilt prior to being accepted into a pretrial diversion or pretrial intervention program. They make this a condition of being accepted--meaning there's no way around it! Is this something you want to do without consulting an attorney?
If you are not a U.S. Citizen this admission of guilt can hurt your ability to obtain status or even Naturalize as a citizen. Furthermore, accepting a referral to a pretrial diversion program when your case should be dismissed by the State or there are issues with the evidence, may not be in your best interest. If for whatever reason you are “bounced out” of the program or do not complete it, your case will be set for Trial and you will have to face the original charges. Not to mention having to deal with the admission of guilt you gave as a condition of being accepted into the pretrial intervention or diversion program. This can be extremely damaging if you are not properly advised and accept a program when the State could have been pushed to perhaps offer to dismiss the charges.
You’ll want to be properly advised and have a lawyer that does all the leg work before advising you on your best course of action—not a lawyer that is looking to make a quick buck off of your case and throw you into a pretrial diversion or intervention program.
Remember, a criminal charge can affect everything you try to do in life moving forward. It is extremely important to enlist the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney that knows the players, the process and focuses primarily on criminal defense in Miami.