So, you’ve been arrested for a charge that will qualify you for state attorney diversion work program/community service, and you’re wondering what happens next.
Well, fortunately for you, Pumphrey Law is here to assist and hopefully the process outlined below will help you navigate the process for diversion in Leon County.
In Leon County there are two types of diversion: Community Service and the County Work Program, both of which are handled through the Leon County Probation Services Program.
Community Service Orientation is: Monday at 10:00 AM, Tuesday at 3:00 PM and Thursday at 10 AM.
County Work Program Orientation is: Monday at 9:30 AM, Tuesday at 2:00 PM and Thursday at 9:30 AM.
Community Service Diversion: consists of participating in volunteer work hours at a non-profit agency. When you attend the orientation session at Probation they will explain the program, and give you a list of non-profit agencies where you can perform your community service. Note: just because you want to perform your community service hours at the animal shelter does not mean that you will. Probation, who oversees community service, has a list of availability for those locations, and if there is not room at that particular non-profit agency you will have to pick another one. Probation will work with you to find a suitable location based on your skills, the specifics of your case and availability.
You may be thinking, “Well I can start volunteering today, but you have not yet taken the orientation class, or paid the $30 for the insurance, will my hours count?” The answer is “no” because you must pay the insurance fee and complete the orientation class prior to receiving community service hours.
County Work Program Diversion: consists of 10 hour days of manual labor with a Leon County “work crew.” You must report by 7 AM for the work program and work the entire 10 hours that day to receive credit. You will be required to present a valid picture I.D. every time you check in for the work program. Note: they are not going to make any exceptions for this condition because they saw your picture ID the day before.
You should know the County Work Program is not glamorous it’s a “work crew.” You should not go into this program thinking that you will be working behind a counter handing out water at public event. Instead you should anticipate picking up trash, cleaning and washing large equipment, sweeping and mopping floors, raking leaves, bagging sandbags, stacking hay, flagging traffic and even picking up dead animals off of the roadways. If this is not for you then the County Work Program is not a good choice for you, this is not an easy light program it is manual labor. Probation is not likely to make an exception for you because you are a vegan or an animal rights advocate, or have are a germaphobe. If you were ordered by the Court to complete County Work Program days than it is expected you are physically capable of performing manual labor.
Maybe this does not sound like it is going to work for you and you are thinking well I have this medical condition…. you need to advise your probation officer of your medical condition prior to signing up, and contact the State Attorney at 850/606-6000. Note: you will not be allowed to sign up for the County Work Program if you have a known medical condition.
For more information please contact our office to consult with one of our attorneys to ensure you fully understand your circumstances, the consequences of accepting one of these programs and whether it will remain on your record permanently.
Attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney. Don has achieved over 100 not guilty verdicts at trial and over 2,000 dismissals.
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