Written by attorney Jhenerr Hines

Should I take MIP (Misdemeanor Intervention)?

Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties offer diversion programs for first-time offenders. The Pretrial Intervention Program is available for most third degree felony charges, while the Misdemeanor Intervention Program or MIP is offered to misdemeanor first-time offenders.

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Alternatives If you are innocent of the charge, if evidence was gathered illegally, or if the prosecutor has insufficient evidence - then it may be in your best interest to pursue another route, such as filing an appropriate motion or taking the case to trial. If the time to complete the program is a deterrent, you may ask your attorney to pursue a "withhold and court costs." The case can end after one hearing with no probation or jail, although it does require a plea be entered before the judge. It is very important to thoroughly discuss your options with a lawyer as you may face up to 60 days in jail or 6 months of probation after rejecting MIP. If you or someone you know has been charged with their first offense, call Jhenerr Hines at 813-815-0291.

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