The Do’s and Don’ts of PTI

If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, then a Pretrial Intervention Program or PTI might be a good option.

The Salvation Army manages the program for individuals charged with misdemeanors, and the Florida Department of Corrections manages the program for individuals charged with felonies.

pretrial intervention programWho is qualified to enter PTI?

A person charged with any misdemeanor or third-degree felony is eligible to apply for the PTI.

If you are a first-time offender, then you can apply for PTI, if you meet the requirements. If you do, then you must seek approval from the probation department, the State Attorney’s Office, and consent of the victim.

You must consult your lawyer, willingly agree to participate in the program, and waive the right to quick trial for the period of the program.

What are the Benefits of the Pretrial Intervention Program?

PTI is indeed beneficial if you complete all necessary terms and conditions of the program.

Nonetheless, one violation of the program rules completely eliminates your case from the program.

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If you are looking to also apply for the Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough PTI program, then PTI procedures are just the same.

It is important to note that the Pretrial Intervention Program is not available to everyone. So how do you know if the PTI program is right for you?

If you have entered in the  PTI program, then it is your goal to complete the program without violating any of the terms and conditions.

If successfully completed, then your PTI could end in one of several ways:

1. You need further supervision;
2. The case recommences before the Judge if your performance has been substandard;
3. The charges are withdrawn.

If you fail to complete the program, then you will certainly go back before the Judge and your case starts all over again. Your case continues as if PTI never occurred.

Before considering the PTI program, ensure that you are aware of particular consequences to electing PTI.

For instance, if you choose to enter the PTI program,then you have to either first admit guilt or accept responsibility.

The acceptance of guilt can never be used as an admission in prosecution later in case you fail to complete the program successfully.

The criminal attorneys at Farkas & Crowley are able to help if you or your loved one has been charged with any misdemeanor or even felony.

Just contact us on (561)-444-9529 for an absolutely free consultation.