Diversion & 1st Offenses


We all make mistakes. And, we all deserve a second chance. But after an arrest, it can seem so hopeless, as our so-called justice system can be overwhelming to those not familiar with the process. Since 1993, John Guidry has been defending people who find themselves facing criminal charges for the first time. There is hope. You may be eligible for a program in which your charges may be dropped.

As a first time offender, you may qualify for various programs commonly referred to as "diversion programs." In Orange County, one such program is called PTD, or Pretrial Diversion. Whether or not you qualify for the program depends on the accusations, as not all crimes qualify. And, even if the crime qualifies, acceptance into the program can be difficult to negotiate or sometimes not even available (for example, Orange County now provides PTD on DUI cases, yet a DUI case where the driver refused to blow into the intoxilizer machine will not be accepted into the program). Should we negotiate your entry into this diversion program, your criminal charges will be dropped upon successful completion. Orange County also has another diversion program known as Drug Court, and it's requirements are more intense than those of the PTD program, but the Orange County Drug Court program also provides for dismissal upon successful completion. The requirements of these programs are extensive, so be sure to call our experienced criminal attorney to discuss your options.

Seminole County and Osceola County also have diversion programs. In Osceola County, the diversion program is called CDP, or County Diversion Program (Osceola County also has a Drug Court program similar to Orange County's). CDP's requirements are similar to the diversion programs of Orange and Seminole.

Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County all have diversion programs, but their requirements vary depending upon the crime charged. Most cases require an amount of community service, on the low end typically around 50 hours. A drug possession charge will require random drug screening and possibly a drug evaluation/treatment/counseling, whereas a Petit Theft charge may require an Impulse Control Seminar. Diversion programs also require a certain amount of supervision, conducted as a monthly meeting with a county probation officer (even though you're not technically "on probation"). Of course, completing these programs means all charges against you will be dropped, which may then open the door to a later expungement.

At the Law Firm of John P. Guidry II, Mr. Guidry has been defending criminal cases and first time offenders since 1993. Everything from misdemeanors to felonies, throughout central Florida, in cities such as Orlando, Sanford, Kissimmee, Winter Park, Longwood, Oviedo, Ocoee, Altamonte Springs, Maitland and Windermere.

E-mail: jguidrylaw@msn.com

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