The Fourth of July is considered one of the deadliest days of the year for DUI crashes. It’s estimated that almost half of the auto accidents on July 4th are caused by drunk driving. And while we will always advise that you never get behind the wheel when you’ve had too much to drink, we know that not everyone who makes a mistake is a bad person. And one of the options available to you may be a diversion program. Here’s what you should know.
Gainesville Area Diversion Programs
It’s important to note that diversion programs vary by city and county, so you will want to talk with a local lawyer about your options. And, of course, things are always subject to change, so make sure you have the most up-to-date information.
In Alachua County, the current program is called The DUI Deferred Intervention Program. If you meet the qualifications, you may be able to take advantage of this. Qualifications include.
- First-time offender
- No drugs on you at the time of the arrest
- Minimal civil traffic history, including speeding
- Good behavior toward the officers
- No crash involving another occupied vehicle or significant property damage
- No other criminal history
Benefits for You
So what happens if you qualify for the DUI Deferred Intervention Program? As it exists now and you meet the qualifications, you can take specific steps to avoid a DUI conviction. You will have conditions you must meet, including entering a plea to reckless driving with alcohol. While this is still a criminal offense, you can get a withhold of adjudication, which makes the charge sealable. Remember that you cannot seal a DUI conviction; plenty of other nasty consequences come with a DUI on your record.
Call a Local Gainesville Attorney
If you’re a first-time offender, don’t hesitate to call a local Gainesville attorney. You want to take action as quickly as possible to avoid a much bigger problem down the road. And be sure to pay attention to the DUI Deferred Intervention Program. You can learn things that will help keep you and the people around you safe when you drink. And, as always, never drink and drive.
Here are a few tips to stay safe and avoid a DUI:
- Plan to call an Uber or Lyft
- Pace yourself
- Spend the night if you can
- Ask a friend or family member for help
Do You Want to Know More About DUI diversion programs in Gainesville?
Call Glassman and Zissimopulos and our team of dedicated attorneys today. (352) 505-4515 or Toll-Free at (844) 787-2543. When you call, you will be able to speak with a lawyer. This is our commitment to you.