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Misdemeanor and Felony Pre-Trial Diversion Program

Pre-trial diversion (PTD) is an alternative to prosecution offered by the Miami Dade County State Attorney’s Office. It provides offenders with non-violent priors a viable alternative to a criminal conviction. The program services criminal defendants allowing them to make significant changes in their lives so that they can avoid further involvement with the criminal justice system. Offenders enter the program voluntarily and if the offender completes all of the conditions of the program and remains arrest-free during his/her participation in the Program, the State Attorney’s office will drop the charges on the case. Program compliance is monitored by either The Advocate Program or Court Options.

The Denise Moon Memorial Fund was created by the State Attorney’s Office in memory and honor of Denise M. Moon. Contributions to the Fund come primarily from criminal defendants at the time of their sentencing or election to participate in a pre-trial diversion program. These funds provide opportunities to nonprofits via a grant application process to support efforts that assist victims of crime, reduce crimes’ effect on our community, promote opportunities for job training and placement, educational attainment and scholarships and other efforts providing alternatives to criminal activity. The Denise Moon Memorial Funds are administered by The Miami Foundation.

To donate to the Denise Moon Memorial Fund visit www.themiamifoundation.org.

Misdemeanor and Felony Mental Health Treatment Courts

The Mental Health Court is a voluntary alternative to the traditional court system. This court was established to divert non- violent misdemeanant defendants as well as non-violent felony defendants with serious mental illnesses (SMI) or co-occurring SMI and substance use disorders from the criminal justice system into community-based treatment and support services.

Back on Track Program

Back on Track is a safe driving initiative created by the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office. Under this program, eligible first time Driving under the Influence (DUI) offenders completing the program will have an opportunity to receive a withhold of adjudication on a reduced charge of Reckless Driving. Eligibility is determined by the State Attorney’s Office and based on the defendant’s criminal history, driving history, and circumstances surrounding the DUI arrest. Program compliance is monitored by either The Advocate Program or Court Options.

The State Attorney’s Office established a Fund for a Safer and Healthier Community with contributions that come primarily from defendants charged with Driving While Under The Influence (DUI) that elect to participate in the Back-On-Track Diversion Program.

These funds provide opportunities to nonprofits via a grant application process to support efforts that positively affect substance abuse, mental health and driving while impaired. The Fund’s focus includes, but is not limited to, supporting efforts that will reduce the use of substance abuse, provide counseling and treatment of offenders, prevention, education and the enforcement and deterrence of Impaired Driving. The Funds for a Safer and Healthier Community are administered by The Miami Foundation.

To donate to the Denise Moon Memorial Fund visit www.themiamifoundation.org.

Drug Court

Since 1989, the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida has offered drug offenders the opportunity to avoid prosecution, become drug free and improve the quality of their life through Miami-Dade County’s Drug Court Program. Drug Court is volunteer diversion and treatment program that identifies a defendant who has a substance abuse problem by redirecting them from the ordinary course of prosecution through intensive supervision by the presiding judge and rehabilitation through treatment specialists for a minimum of one year. Upon successful completion of the treatment program, the treatment counselor will recommend that the judge discharge the case. First time offenders will have their charges dropped. For other offenders, the case may be dismissed or adjudication is withheld.

Drug Court is a problem-solving court that takes a public health approach using a specialized model in which the judiciary, the State Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender, law enforcement, mental health social services and treatment provider communities work together to help addicted offenders into long-term recovery. Upon successful completion of the treatment program, first time offenders will have their charges dropped. For other offenders, the case may be dismissed or adjudication is withheld. Most importantly, offenders who have a sincere desire to get off drugs are offered the opportunity to avoid further problems with the law and free themselves of problems that are caused by substance abuse.

Veteran’s Treatment Court

Veteran’s Treatment Court is a dual diagnosis court that serves veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. The court promotes sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Department of Corrections and with the addition of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs care networks, the Veteran’s Benefits Administration, volunteer veteran mentors, and the veterans and veterans’ family support organizations.

 

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