Pretrial intervention (“PTI”) provides a mechanism for a defendant to avoid criminal charges completely. While not every defendant is an appropriate candidate for PTI, it is unique opportunity for some defendants to avoid the expense of trial, potential incarceration, as well as the stigma and other attendant consequences of a criminal conviction. From a defendant’s standpoint, this opportunity should not be missed unless it is manifestly apparent that the defendant is not an appropriate candidate for PTI. Short of avoiding criminal charges altogether, or succeeding in having any such charges dismissed with prejudice, admission into a PTI program is the best possible result for most defendants.
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