Take Advantage of the Miami-Dade "Back on Track" Program
Avoid a Conviction for a First-Time DUI
Have you been arrested for
driving under the influence (DUI)? If this is your first offense, it is possible that it was all a
big mistake. You've learned your lesson and feel that you deserve
a second chance instead of a harsh DUI conviction. Fortunately, Miami-Dade
County has recently initiated a new "Back on Track Program"
for eligible first-time DUI offenders. Anyone who meets the criteria and
is not a repeat DUI offender may be able to go through the program instead
of being convicted and suffering the consequent penalties and criminal
record. The program is strict, as are its requirements for entry, and
the duration before successful completion can be anywhere from 6 months
to 1 year.
Eligibility for the Back on Track Program
There are several criteria that must be met in order for someone to go
through the program instead of facing conviction or trial litigation.
Most importantly, this must be the Defendant's FIRST ARREST for DUI
in his or her lifetime. They must not have caused an accident or injury,
and there must have been no minor children in the car during the incident.
There must also be no open alcohol containers in the vehicle. If the individual
has a criminal record, it cannot exceed one prior, nonviolent felony or
two prior misdemeanor convictions. The individual must not have completed
more than one misdemeanor diversion program and must not have been driving
on a suspended license when arrested for their DUI. Sometimes a client
will be ineligible as a result of the driving pattern alleged during the
DUI arrest (reckless driving, high rate of speed, etc.). A full analysis
of the Defendant's entire driving record will be presented in court.
If the Defendant has too many previous point on his or her driving record,
or previous reckless driving cases, they might be ineligible. If the Defendant
blows in the breath machine higher than a .25, he or she will not be eligible
for the program. The government will perform a nationwide background check
on every Defendant before deciding whether or not to offer the program.
How do I get into the Back on Track Program?
As a result of limiting our practice of DUI to Miami-Dade County, we are
thoroughly familiar with the Back on Track program. Please see the video
section of our website to see local media interviewing Justin Beckham
in court the first day the government unveiled the "Back on Track"
Program. Keep in mind that the program does have its costs, risks, and
pitfalls. The program involves heavy fines ($1,500 - $2,500 on average),
completion of a substance abuse program and counseling, community service,
drug testing, possible installations of an ignition interlock device in
your vehicle, and more. A Miami DUI attorney from our firm can help you
make the most beneficial decision for your case. Choosing the program
could help you avoid a conviction, jail time, and a criminal record.
Anyone can claim to be an "expert" regarding the "Back on
Track" program, but the real skill is qualifying people for the program
who do not originally qualify.
See here for a list of people who did not qualify for the program, OR people
who the government kicked out of the program, but after hiring our firm,
we were able to enroll the Defendant with successful completion.
Consult a DUI Attorney in Miami
Our firm has deep roots in the local community. We only handle cases in
Miami-Dade, and our offices are strategically located five minutes from
the courthouse. We have helped countless clients fight their DUI charges.
As trial attorneys, we have extensive experience in the courtroom and
are thoroughly familiar with the local courts, judges, and prosecutors.
Your best interests are our main concern, and we will go the extra mile
to ensure that your charges are dropped, your case dismissed, or that
your charges are at least reduced. Call now or fill out our
free case evaluation to set up a consultation with a Miami DUI lawyer. The sooner you
contact us, the better!