Pretrial Diversion Programs
Unlike most misdemeanor offenses, criminal traffic offenders, including those charged with DUI, are not eligible for participation in most bay area counties including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties. Some other counties, such as Orange (Orlando) and Alachua (Gainesville) Counties, offer special diversion programs tailored for DUI offenders.
Hillsborough and the other Tampa Bay area counties do not currently have such a program. This means you have only 2 options to resolve your case, either win it or be sentenced for some form of DUI or lesser offense. Given what is at stake, you should talk to an experienced attorney who can explain the problems you will face in your case and can help you achieve the best possible resolution of the charges against you.