DUI Diversion Program

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

First-time drunk drivers may qualify for a reduced charge if they complete a new program that includes alcohol awareness classes, seek treatment and pay fines.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office will begin offering the "Back on Track" in the next couple of weeks. Officials say drivers are eligible only if the DUI didn't involve a wreck or another crime, and if they have a clean driving record.

Participants must pay between $2,000 and $3,000 in court fines and fees.

Prosecutors can seek enhanced charges if the defendant is ever arrested on additional DUI charges.

Defense lawyer Richard Hersch told The Miami Herald the program is beneficial because many first-time DUIs involve people making stupid mistakes.

However, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and some police officers oppose the program.

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