Are all criminal defendants in Florida eligible for Diversion? What is the criteria? Does the same criteria applies to misdemeanor pretrial substance abuse intervention and treatment programs than for other programs? Briefly explain.

 

The Addict: Patient or  Criminal? The Diversion Approach and its limits.

 

address the following questions; in whichever order you may find more appropriate:

Are all criminal defendants  in Florida eligible for Diversion? What is the criteria? Does the same criteria applies to misdemeanor pretrial substance abuse intervention and treatment programs than for other programs? Briefly explain.

What role, if any do  State Attorneys for each Florida judicial circuit play in the terms of pretrial intervention programs in Florida? 

Briefly address the following feature of the Diversion Programs:

  • Acceptance of Guilt or Responsibility
  • Notice to Employer and Visits to Work and School
  • Preclusion to Expunction
  • Mandatory Donation Provisions
  • Consequences of Violation of Diversion Program

Briefly explain what are Community Sanction Violation  Points.

Please describe the diversion programs available for substance abusers in Broward County and  then compare and contrast  them with those available in Miami-Dade county. 

Briefly explain what happens when a diversion program is successfully completed.

Briefly explain what happens when a diversion program is not completed.

 

Is diversion available in the following cases in Broward and Miami Dade? Briefly explain your answer.

  1. John Smith knowingly and willfully sells  in Miramar,  at  retail,  drug paraphernalia  pipes in Miramar, FL
  2. John Smith knowingly and willfully sells in Miami, at  retail,  drug paraphernalia  pipes primarily made of briar, meerschaum, clay, or corn cob.
  3. John Smith knowingly and willfully sells in Miami, at  retail,  drug paraphernalia  pipes primarily made of briar, meerschaum, clay, or corn cob, while holding a pistol in one hand and heating the head of a competitor with the other hand.
  4. Mary Jane Morton is arrested after injecting ecstasy and  U-47700 and  ingesting methamphetamines and Robitussin AC, while    inhaling cannabis  without obtaining first a medical prescription.
  5. Mary Jane Morton is arrested after ingesting Robitussin AC, while    inhaling cannabis.
  6. Mary Jane Morton is arrested after stealing and ingesting Robitussin AC, and slapping in the face the store employee who saw her and called the police.

If in  the previous cases,  John and Mary are Juveniles, rather than  Adults, would your answer change? How?

 

Minimal Sources of Information

You must consult the following links as a minimum, when preparing your paper.   You should  cite several of them. You are of course invited to consult additional sources…

 

Pretrial intervention (PTI) is actually provided for through Florida Statutes  §948.08 and §948.16.

Florida Statutes .  §948.16.

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0900-0999/0948/Sections/0948.16.html

Florida Statutes   §948.08

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0900-0999/0948/Sections/0948.08.html

Florida Statutes  §893.147

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0800-0899/0893/Sections/0893.147.html

DEA Drug Schedules

https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

 

Broward  & Miami Dade Counties

 

http://sheriff.org/about_bso/dodcc/court/drugcourt.cfm

 

http://sa18.org/page/felony-diversion.html

 

http://www.17th.flcourts.org/index.php/court-administration/court-programs/teen-court

 

http://sa18.org/page/misdemeanor-diversion.html

 

http://www.sao17.state.fl.us/diversion-programs.html

 

 

http://www.miamidrugcourt.com/

 

http://www.miamidade.gov/socialservices/diversion-treatment.asp

 

 

https://www.miamisao.com/services/diversion-programs/

 

 

Other Materials

http://www.floridatac.com/files/document/Miami%20Herald%20-%20Court%20program%20for%20mentally%20ill%20allows%20treatment.pdf

 

https://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/9909-3/div.html

 

https://www.bja.gov/Publications/PretrialDiversionResearchSummary.pdf

 

 

https://www.justice.gov/usam/usam-9-22000-pretrial-diversion-program

 

https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq111016.shtml

 

https://www.bankrate.com/loans/personal-loans/criminal-record-wipe-slate-clean/

 

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