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The goals of the Program are to allow individuals to avoid a criminal arrest and the collateral consequences that often come along with a criminal arrest including adversely affecting employment, future job prospects, entry to the military and other social stigma. The program also hopes to reduce the pressure on the local jail system and the Miami-Dade County Criminal Court system.
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The Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) officer issues the P.A.D. citation and speedy trial release agreement at the time an arrestable offense is committed. If you accept the program, you will sign a P.A.D. citation form. You will have three business days; from the day you sign the citation form, to contact the Diversion Citation Coordinator. You must agree to participate in the program and follow the rules and requirements of the program provided by the selected service provider. The Service Provider will determine the appropriate program services you will be required to complete based on your offense; and you will be assigned a minimum of 25 community service hours. The Diversion Citation Coordinator will assist you in determining where you will complete the hours and set a completion date. The Service Provider will verify with the MGPD Diversion Citation Coordinator regarding your eligibility.
The non-refundable Program fee of $100.00 and a non-refundable Administrative fee of $250.00 will be paid to the City of Miami Gardens. There are additional fees if you are required to submit to random urinalysis testing. Fees may be paid by cash, credit card or money order.
You must complete the entire course program, community service hours and pay all program fees to be considered successful. You will have up to six months to complete the program.