Driving without a valid license or with a suspended license could get you charged with a criminal traffic citation. Unfortunately, the consequences do not stop there: convictions for these offenses could lead to jail time and fines as well.
Luckily, the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office offers a program that could be helpful to first and second time offenders. The Drive Again Legal Program, or DLAP, is a 90-day program that could get your misdemeanor charges dropped.
Of course, everyone’s life circumstances can be different, and there are many factors that determine the outcome of a criminal case. If you have questions about whether DLAP is best for you, speak with an experienced criminal attorney about your case.
We offer free case reviews and advice for criminal cases. Contact us to set up your no-cost consultation by calling (813) 229-5353 or send us an online form through our homepage.
Are You Eligible For DLAP?
As a program specifically for people who are dealing with first and second time offenses, there are some variables that can affect who is accepted into the program. Knowing these rules could help you decide whether you would like to hire a lawyer for help with choosing the program.
The State Attorney’s Office ultimately decides whether a defendant is eligible. However, the program is generally not open to people who’s license was suspended for:
Furthermore, remember that the DLAP program is considered an option for ‘diversion,’ which means that a dismissal of your charges is usually dependent on a full and successful completion of the program’s terms. These DLAP terms could include paying prosecution fees, taking classes, and not engaging in any criminal activity.
This means that it is up to you to meet the requirements and commit to completion of DLAP. There is no guarantee that your charges will be dropped until the program is finished and the state files a ‘nolle prosequi’ for your case.
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What Are The Benefits Of The DLAP Program?
For many people, the successful completion of DLAP could mean freedom from any further legal action for your criminal traffic citation. You may also find it much easier to meet the terms of the program than face the possibility of conviction.
A conviction on your criminal record could lead to difficulties with some important life events. For instance, it could have a negative effect on your reputation and your chances of securing jobs, housing, and more.
This is why hiring a criminal law attorney can make a huge difference for your future. A lawyer can fight for your rights and to get you the best possible case outcome.
If your best option is DLAP, your attorney can guide you through the process. Keep in mind that entering the program does not mean you are admitting guilt of any kind.
Rather, going into the program can be an opportunity for first and second-time offenders to turn their case around and prove that they are worthy of avoiding the consequences by finishing the program and meeting all the conditions along the way.
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Getting in trouble for a license-related offense may seem like a small thing, but a conviction can damage many future opportunities. Our attorneys have the skills and experience to answer your questions and explain your options.
This is general information, so ask your attorney for more details about DLAP that may or may not apply to your case. The best way to find out what charges you are facing and how to move forward is to contact a lawyer that practices criminal law.
They should be able to talk about the specifics of your criminal traffic offense with you and use the law to determine some possibilities for your case outcome. Our attorney consultations are 100% free.
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