Pretrial Diversion Programs in Florida for DUIs
What Is DUI Pretrial Diversion?
Many people wonder if there is a way to beat a DUI in Florida. If this is the first time you have been arrested for DUI in Florida, you may be eligible for a program known as pretrial diversion. While the sanctions are similar to the consequences you would face for a conviction of a first-time DUI offense, there is one major advantage: you will not have a DUI conviction on your record.
If you have been arrested for DUI, we can help! We have handled hundreds of DUI cases in Orlando and central Florida and have a history of producing positive outcomes for his clients both through diversion and by litigating the charges.
Pretrial diversion is a contract between the state of Florida, you and your defense lawyer. The sanctions will depend on whether you are classified a Tier 1 (below .15 blood alcohol content) or a Tier 2 (.15 BAC or higher) offender. Examples of those sanctions include the requirement to attend DUI school, perform community service, and pay court costs and program expenses. While your driver's license will be suspended for a period of time, you would be able to obtain a hardship license to drive to and from work. At the end of 12 months (or 15 months if you are a Tier 2 offender), the DUI charge will be dismissed if you have successfully completed the program requirements.
While the sanctions are similar to the minimum mandatory penalties for a first-time DUI conviction, you would avoid having a DUI conviction on your record. As a result, you may be able to avoid the requirement to pay high-risk (SR-22) auto insurance. You could also avoid the possible employment consequences of a DUI conviction.
DUI pretrial diversion in Orlando and everywhere in Florida is only available if you have not had a prior conviction for a similar offense. You may not have more than two prior misdemeanor convictions for any charges and no prior felony convictions. You can have participated in up to one other deferred prosecution program for an offense other than DUI.
Central Florida DUI Attorney
If you are charged with a DUI in Orlando or in Orange County and you have never been convicted of a DUI before, call us immediately! We will vigorously fight to get you the best result possible. We might be able to get the charges dropped or, otherwise, to get you into a DUI diversion program so you can get the record erased via an expunge. Call our DUI defense attorneys at 866-680-4LAW or fill out the online form located at the top of this page and someone will you shortly. We respond to after-hours messages promptly. Evening or weekend appointments are available on request.
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