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Orlando Pre-Trial Diversion Lawyer

Pre-Trail DUI

In the state of Florida, first-time offenders charged with DUI may be eligible for pre-trial diversion and/or alternative penalties. Similar to probation in a criminal conviction rather than incarceration, these programs offer an alternative to serving jail time and other penalties associated with a DUI conviction. Successful completion of a pre-trial diversion program will result in expungement of the case from your criminal record, and dismissal of the DUI charges. At Adams & Luke, our Orlando DUI defense attorneys are highly experienced and familiar with all of the options when it comes to driving under the influence. We are ready to provide you with the legal guidance and support necessary to make the best possible decisions on issues that could affect your reputation, career, and future.

Ultimately, the purpose of pre-trial diversion programs is to allow a first-time offender to keep a DUI conviction off of the offender's criminal record. Criminal records are available to the public, which means a conviction could impact employment opportunities, housing, availability of financing such as student loans, and more. For first-time DUI offenders, it may be to your advantage to consider these programs.

What is Required to Participate in Pre-Trial Diversion Programs in Florida?

As mentioned above, you must be a first-time offender. In addition, you will not qualify if your DUI charge was reduced to a charge of reckless driving. It is also important to note that this option is not available in all jurisdictions in Florida, however it has proven to be successful in Orange and surrounding counties.

Ultimately, successful completion will allow offenders to avoid the serious penalties of a DUI conviction, such as jail time, steep fines, and a criminal record. It is required that those who participate attend a drug and alcohol class, DUI school, and in some cases perform community service for a specific number of hours or attend a local victim impact panel. Other requirements include:

  • Random urine screening
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device for six months
  • 10-day vehicle immobilization

When you complete a diversion program successfully, you essentially avoid a criminal record and get a second chance. The DUI charge against you will be dismissed, or reduced to a reckless driving charge.

Contact Adams & Luka Today

Alternative penalties to those typically handed down for a first-time DUI conviction may be of interest to you if you are a first-time offender. As highly experienced DUI defense lawyers, we understand that navigating the criminal justice system on your own can be difficult. Without a qualified attorney on your side, you may find yourself facing harsh penalties that are extremely damaging to every aspect of your life. We are dedicated to providing solid legal guidance and representation, helping negotiate your acceptance into a pre-trial diversion program, and working to ensure you remain in compliance so that the charges will ultimately be dismissed. Contact us immediately for a free consultation at (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101.

Client Reviews

I would like thank my attorney Thomas Luka. I knew from the beginning I had the right guy in my corner. While celebrating with family and friends at a Public Park in Seminole County, a fight broke out among various people. Myself, and a good friend, broke up the fight and the instigators left. Six months later, I was wrongly accused as the person who started the fight. The first attorney I hired could not even get a response from the State Attorney handling the case. Someone referred me to Tom and I felt comfortable at his demeanor and reactions.

After conversations with Tom, who knew I would settle for nothing less than a FULL DISMISSAL due to my innocence, I hired him. His firm of Adams and Luka did the due diligence by interviewing witnesses and the police who were on the scene, as well as starting a dialogue with the State Attorney. After gathering statements from witnesses, Tom was able to present a strong argument on my behalf to the State Attorney on why the case should be dismissed. If the State Attorney was not willing to dismiss the case, Tom was ready to take the case to trial.

The result by Thomas Luka: Case Dismissed.

I am 53 years old with a spotless record and glad to keep it that way thanks to the time, effort, hard work, and professionalism of the Adams and Luka and Tom Luka.

Earl from Mesquite
Thomas Luka left a life-long great impression of lawyers. He was always professional, on time, and answered things honestly. From the start and during the 14 months it went on - Tom was very upfront and honest with me about the possible outcomes. The result was better than I had hoped for. Tom really over-delivered. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Marcela Giorgi
Adams and Luka were very professional and savvy in the courtroom. When you're in court with Mr. Luka you will think you have the best attorney there. I recommend this law firm. Pioneer Tech
Rich Adams is an outstanding criminal attorney. I have had the opportunity to refer several friends and clients to his practice for handling of criminal matters, and on every occasion he has produced an excellent result. Rich practices with attention to detail, a thorough knowledge of the law, and a passion to defend his clients. I will continue to refer clients to Rich Adams, and would strongly recommend him for your legal needs. Brian Pink