The Salvation Army Correctional Services, in conjunction with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, operates an intervention program for first time misdemeanor offenders. The final result of your case through this program would result in the State Attorney dropping the charge(s) against you, if the program is successfully completed. This affords you the opportunity to avoid a conviction and a potentially damaging criminal record.
Eligibility for the Program
Entry into the program is solely up to the discretion of the State Attorney. There are occasions that a person is eligible for the program, but the State Attorney chooses not to offer it as a possible resolution. Their decision not to offer the program is usually based upon the severity of the facts or a victim’s objection. It is crucial that you have the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to advocate for your rights, or you may find yourself faced with a life-long conviction.
A Misdemeanor Conviction Can Carry Jail Time, Fines, & Probation
Although misdemeanors do not carry potential state prison sentences, you could spend up to one year in the county jail, costly fines, and probation. If you find yourself in an unfamiliar legal situation, do not take the risk of attempting to resolve your case without first consulting a criminal defense attorney. The peace of mind knowing that your rights are protected and that you understand all of your possible options is well worth the money spent.
If you have any questions about the misdemeanor intervention program, or any other legal issues, do not hesitate to contact Tampa criminal lawyer John Castro at Anton Castro Law at (813) 907-9807.