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A pretrial diversion (PTD) or pretrial intervention (PTI) is an agreement with the prosecutor to delay action on a criminal case for a specified time period, usually six months to a year, during which the defendant agrees to stay out of trouble and possibly complete additional requirements, such as completion of drug or alcohol counseling or rehabilitation, where appropriate. At the end of that time, the charge is dismissed. This may be what the officer was referring to.
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Thank you very much. Would it benefit me if I get a lawyer to go to court with me? like I said before I have never been in trouble with the law before, I go to school full time and work.
Hiring an attorney would be up to you and would depend on what you're comfortable with. It may benefit you to have a lawyer to go to court with you. A lawyer would be able to guide you through the process and speak directly with the prosecutor to determine what the prosecutor intends to recommend. A lawyer would also be able to make sure that the recommendation was within reason for the locality and similar cases. In other words, why have your case delayed and open for a year when everything could be concluded in six months or less. If you decide to go ahead without an attorney, be sure to mention that you have no record, are employed, go to school and want to avoid a criminal record, and seek to have the case delayed for the shortest term possible, or dismissed outright. I wish you well and thank you for the positive rating.
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