Domestic Violence Diversion Program

Contact an attorney at Bacchus Law Firm to discuss the best ways to fight a criminal charge for domestic violence in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Find out more about the pros and cons of entering the "Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Diversion Program" (DVMDP) offered by the State Attorney's Office in Broward County, FL.

Many of our clients know that entering the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Diversion Program DVMDP is not the right option for them. If the accusations are false or exaggerated, then the best result is getting all of the charges completely dropped. 

We can help you understand all of our options and make the best decision in your case. Call (954) 500-5555 today to discuss the case.

Types of Charges Eligible for DVMDP

The types of domestic violence charges eligible for the program include:

  • Domestic Violence Battery;
  • Assault in a Domestic Violence Case;
  • Stalking;
  • Criminal Mischief; or
  • Disorderly Conduct.

The attorneys at Bacchus Law Firm also represent clients charged with violation of pre-trial release with a no contact order or a violation of an injunction for domestic violence.

The Broward's Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Diversion Program (DVMDP) requires the defendant to agree to an eight (8) month program to:

  • successfully complete a 26 week Batterer’s Intervention Program; and
  • complete a substance abuse evaluation and/or other recommended treatment if deemed necessary.

The biggest downside to entering the diversion program is that the person accused of domestic violence is required to enter a "guilty plea" to the charges in order to participate in this eight-month program. For men or women who were falsely accused of domestic violence, this program is not even an option.

The benefit of entering the diversion program for domestic violence cases in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, FL, is that the plea will be “vacated” and the case will be dropped (nolle prossed) after the program is completed. After the case is dropped the person accused might be eligible to seal their criminal history report in the case (but only if they have never been convicted of any other crime in their lifetime).

The State Attorney's Office in Broward County will determine whether the case is eligible for the DVMDP diversion program on a case by case. To make this determination, the prosecutor will look at the facts surrounding the charge including whether the alleged victim consents.

In some cases, a person’s prior adult felony arrests and/or conviction for more than one prior conviction for a non-violent misdemeanor crime will make them ineligible to enter the program.

Additional Resources

Diversion Programs for Criminal Cases in Broward County - Visit the website of the State Attorney’s Office in Broward County to learn more about diversion programs offered in Broward including the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Diversion Program, the Misdemeanor Diversion Program (MDP), the DWLS Diversion Program, the Felony Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), the Truancy Diversion Program, and the Diversion Programs in Juvenile Court.

Broward’s Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Diversion Program - Learn more about Broward County's DVMDP and the Domestic Violence Unit. Find out more about the time and method of participation in the DVMDP, requirements for compliance, the reasons for termination for non-compliance from DVMDP (often called a rejection from the diversion program), consequences of a new arrest, eligible and ineligible offenses.

This article was last updated on Thursday, November 9, 2017.