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What is PTI (Pre-Trial Intervention)?

While the State generally reccomends jail, prison, or probation as sanctions for a criminal charge, there is another possible alternative. Usually referred to as PTI or PTD, pre-trial intervention or pre-trial diversion is something that is entirely up to the State to offer. A judge may accept a PTI offer, but cannot offer it themselves.

PTI is not offered to everyone. A PTI offer is only offered to people who have committed relatively minor offenses and have never had any other criminal charges. PTI can be offered on felony cases, but is generally reserved for the most minor of crimes such as grand theft or possession of a controlled substance. Generally, violent crimes and second degree felonies are not given a PTI offer.

PTI is similar to probation. A person is required to be supervised by a probation officer, whether county or Department of Corrections. The person is required to do various things, largely depending on the offense, including community service, drug evaluation or treatment, classes, or pay restitution.

So what's so special about PTI if it is just like probation? If a person facing criminal charges completes their term of PTI, then State will drop those charges. Successful completion of PTI allows an individual to maintain a clean criminal history. While the arrest will remain on the person's record, it can be immediately and easily expunged.

Should I talk to an attorney if I am offered PTI? The state may offer PTI on a case that, for various reasons, they cannot actually prove. In other words, they may offer PTI to try to get rid of a case that is bad for them. It is usually more beneficial to an individual charged with a crime to just have the charge dismissed or dropped outright than to be placed in a PTI diversionary program. An experienced criminal defense attorney can review your case and give you an opinion on what your best course of action should be.

If you have further questions or would like a criminal defense attorney to review your case, please call us at (941) 444-5128 for a free legal analysis and case evaluation.

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