Misdemeanor Diversion Program (MDP)

In many cases, the prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office might offer to drop the charges if the defendant enters and completes a pre-trial diversion program. Diversion programs are usually offered to a person with no prior record or at least no serious prior record. The eligibility requirements vary from one program to another. 

Even if a person is not eligible to enter the pre-trial diversion program, the prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office can make certain exceptions to the eligibility requirements on a case by case basis. The Probation Division of the Broward County Sheriff's Office manages the program from its probation offices in Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood, and Plantation, FL. 

It usually takes three to six months to complete the MDP misdemeanor diversion program. After the conditions are completed the criminal charges are dismissed. 

Attorney for the MDP in Broward County, FL

If you are accused of a misdemeanor in Broward County, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. Our attorneys can help you understand the charges pending against you, the best possible defenses, and the pros and cons of entering a diversion program such as the Misdemeanor Diversion Program (M.D.P.).

If you decide to enter a pre-trial diversion program, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you complete the application, get approved for the program and complete all of the special conditions as quickly as possible.

For more information, call an attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.


The Requirements for MDP in Broward County, FL

For misdemeanor cases in Broward County, the State Attorney's Office uses the Misdemeanor Diversion Program (M.D.P.). MDP  is a diversion program that allows many first-time offenders an opportunity to immediately accept responsibility for their actions, seek rehabilitation, and divert their cases from the criminal court system before trial.

M.D.P. is administered and supervised by Broward Sheriff’s Office Probation for this judicial circuit. The prosecutor will determine whether the defendant meets the eligibility requirements and is approved for entry into M.D.P. during the early stages of the case.

M.D.P. is administered and supervised by Broward Sheriff’s Office Probation for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. Eligibility requirements and approval for entry into M.D.P. will be determined at arraignment or shortly thereafter. 


Additional Resources

Misdemeanor Diversion Program (M.D.P.) - Visit the website of the Office of the State Attorney, Michael J. Satz, State Attorney of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, FL, to learn more about the 12 different pre-trial diversion programs in Broward County including the Misdemeanor Diversion Program (often called “M.D.P.”). The misdemeanor diversion program allows a person with no prior record or no serious criminal record to divert their case away from the trial court. After voluntarily entering the program, certain conditions will be assigned. If the conditions are met and no prior criminal charges occur during the supervision period, then the charges are dismissed.

Probation Division of the Broward Sheriff’s Office - The probation division of the Broward Sheriff’s Office administers and supervises individuals in the misdemeanor diversion program. BSO monitors the defendants to ensure compliance with conditions required to complete the diversion program. BSO’s Probation Division also supervisors the defendant while the conditions of diversion are being completed. The misdemeanor diversion program in Broward County is called M.D.P. This program is for "first-time offenders" or those individuals with only a minor or old criminal record. Depending on the charges, the misdemeanor diversion program is typically completed within three to six months. 

Main BSO Probation Division Office
540 S.E. 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 357-5900 

 

West BSO Probation Division Office 
100 N. Pine Island Road, Room 280
Plantation, FL 33324
Phone:(954) 831-2300

 

South BSO Probation Division Office 
3550 Hollywood Boulevard Room 240
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: (954) 831-0482

 

North BSO Probation Division Office 
1600 W. Hillsboro Boulevard Room 220
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Phone: (954) 831-1280 
 

Finding an Attorney for MDP in Fort Lauderdale, FL

A criminal defense attorney can help you understand the eligibility requirements. The person accused should also understand the pros and cons of entering diversion. If the person is not guilty of the offense or if the prosecutor will not be able to prove the offense at trial, then the best result is an outright dismissal of the charges before trial.

Call an attorney in Fort Lauderdale at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. to discuss the particular facts of your case. Call (954) 716-8538 today for a free consultation. 


This article was last updated on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

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