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Being charged with a misdemeanor doesn’t have to be the end of the world. In Pinellas and Pasco County, there is a process that will allow you to avoid prosecution and trial altogether.

The Pretrial Intervention Program is run by the Florida State Attorney’s Office and allows people facing nonviolent misdemeanor charges to avoid a conviction by taking part in rehabilitative programs. Essentially, this means that if you agree to counseling, community service, or other resources, you won’t have to go to trial, and you won’t have a conviction on your record.

The PTI application might seem tricky, but with the proper guidance, it can be a simple process. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers at Fletcher + Fletcher are dedicated to making sure our community has access to resources like the PTI program. Here’s everything you need to know about Pretrial Intervention in Pinellas and Pasco County.

Who qualifies for PTI?

The PTI program aims to give individuals a second chance, emphasizing personal growth and accountability and deterring future involvement in criminal activities. However, not everyone is eligible for PTI.

According to Florida statute § 948.08(2), anyone who meets the following requirements can be eligible for PTI:

  • First-time offenders or anyone convicted of not more than one non-violent misdemeanor
  • An offender that is charged with a misdemeanor or third-degree felony

You will also need the approval of the judge who oversaw your hearing, the PTI program’s administrator, the state attorney’s office, and the victim of the crime.

How to Fill Out a PTI Application in Pinellas and Pasco County

Applicants must complete three crucial documents and submit them to the Office of the State Attorney as directed: The PTI Application, Statement of Prior Record, and the appropriate plea or waiver. These are all available for download in a fillable PDF format.

  1. Cover Sheet: The cover sheet is where you provide your basic information,  case number, name, and address.
  2. Waiver of Speedy Trial: Next, you’ll need to waive your right to a speedy trial. If represented by an attorney, they may use a different waiver form; otherwise, use the provided form if unrepresented.
  3. Statement of Prior Record: Finally, you’ll need to complete the statement of prior record form, listing all previous arrests, including juvenile records.
  4. Submission Options:  You can submit your application by mail, by email, or in person. It’s recommended to choose at least 2 of the options to ensure your application is received.

How Fletcher + Fletcher Can Help with Your PTI Application in Pasco County

If you need help filling out your PTI application in Pasco County, we’ve got your back! Check out our video guide—it’s a friendly guide showing you precisely what to do.

After you’ve submitted your application, having an attorney can also be useful during the process of getting approval. In criminal trials, the defendant or their immediate family are not permitted to personally contact the victim or the victim’s immediate family to get their consent. A pre-trial intervention attorney can help with this step.

Contact Fletcher & Fletcher today

When you need a second chance after being accused of a crime, you deserve lawyers who will support you, not judge you.At Fletcher + Fletcher, we’ve dedicated our practice to helping our clients get their lives back on track.

If you need help with your PTI application or require legal representation, contact Fletcher + Fletcher’s Law Firm today.

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