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Miami-Dade County Diversion Program

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To register in person, please visit one of the following locations:

Miami-Dade Police Department
Diversion and Community Service Unit
9105 NW 25 Street
Miami, FL 33172
Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
dcsu@mdpd.com

Hammocks District
10000 SW 142 Avenue   
305-383-6800
Northwest District
5975 Miami Lakes Drive East
305-698-1500
Intracoastal District
15665 Biscayne Boulevard
305-940-9980
South District
10800 SW 211 Street
305-378-4300
Kendall District       
7707 SW 117 Avenue                 
305-279-6929
Town of Miami Lakes
6601 Main Street
305-827-4020
Northside District
799 NW 81 Street
305-836-8601
Village of Palmetto Bay
9705 East Hibiscus Street
305-278-4000
  Town of Cutler Bay
10720 Caribbean Blvd., #200
305-234-4237


On September 10, 2010, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Implementing Order 2-12 creating the Miami-Dade County Diversion Program. The purpose of the Miami-Dade County Diversion Program is to:

  • seek compliance with Miami-Dade County Code violations,
  • improve the quality of life in Miami-Dade County through community service hours,
  • reduce the demands on the court system and
  • give violators options to resolve their ordinance violations.

When a violator is given a Civil Violation Notice or a Complaint/Arrest Affidavit for one of the Miami-Dade County Code violations listed below, he/she is eligible and may elect to voluntarily participate in the Diversion Program.

Violation for 21-81(d)(1)Florida Litter Law$100

Code Violations Eligible for the Diversion Program

Code Violation Type

Code Violation DescriptionFine*
Violation for 7-3 Swimming or fishing from prohibited roads bridges $25
Violation for 8A-276(B) Failure to display commercial vehicle markings $200
Violation for 8A-172 Conducting business without a license $100
Violation for 21-22 & 21-22.1 Synthetic Stimulants $500
Violation for 21-28 Producing unnecessary or excessive noise $100
Violation for 21-3.2(b)(1) Consumption of alcohol near a store $100
Violation for 21-31.2(b)(2) Possession of alcohol near a store $100
Violation for 21-31.4(b) Aggressive or obstructive panhandling prohibited $100
Violation for 21-81(d)(2) Illegal Use of Dairy Cases, etc. $100
Violation for 21-81(d)(3) Trespass on Property Other than Structure or Conveyance $100
Violation for 21-81(d)(4) Retail theft by Removal of Shopping Cart $100
Violation for 21-81(d)(5) Loitering and Prowling $100
Violation for 21-81(d)(6) Possession of Cannabis in an amount of 20 grams or less $100
Violation for 21-81(d)(7) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia $100
Violation for 26-1 Parks Violations (specific rule violation must be cited) $100

*Fines listed are for first time offenses.  For more information regarding these offenses, refer to
http://www.municode.com.

Violators may choose to either pay the fine, request a court appearance to appeal the violation, or avoid court by participating in the Diversion Program within 30 days of the violation.

Ivonne Duran, Legal Advisor for the Miami-Dade Police Department,
explains the Miami-Dade County Diversion Program
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For Violators Issued a Uniform Civil Violation Notice

When someone is issued a civil violation notice, he/she can either pay the fine or ask for an administrative hearing via the Clerk of the Court as indicated on the back of the citation. If the violator does not wish to do either, the Diversion Program gives them additional options:
 
OPTION 1: Pay the fine within 30 days of issuance of the violation.
 
OPTION 2: Request an administrative hearing, in writing, within 20 days of receiving the violation, via the Clerk of Courts. Requests should be submitted to:

Clerk of Courts
Code Enforcement, District Operations
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 1750
Miami, Florida 33128-1981
Telephone: 305-375-2333
Fax: 305-375-2731

OPTION 3: (Fee and Community Service Hours)
Pay a $50 processing fee and complete one day (8 hours) of community service for every $100 of civil fines owed.
($100 fine = 1 day; $200 fine = 2 days, etc.)

OPTION 4: (Community Service — No Payment)

  • For fines of $100 or less– complete 2 days (16 hours) of community service
  • For fines of $200 – complete 3 days (24 hours) of community service
  • For fines of $300 – complete 4 days (32 hours) of community service
  • For fines of $400 – complete 5 days (40 hours) of community service
  • For fines of $500 – complete 6 days (48 hours) of community service

Regardless of the option chosen, the violator must complete all of the conditions within 30 days of the issuance of the citation. If all conditions are satisfied, a Certificate of Completion will be sent to the Clerk of the Court advising that the violator has complied and requesting that the civil case be closed. If the conditions of the Diversion Program are not satisfied, the County will proceed with the civil collection process pursuant to Miami-Dade County Code Section 8CC-7, Recovery of unpaid penalties.

For Violators Issued a Complaint/Arrest Affidavit

When someone is cited using a Complaint/Arrest form and signs a Notice to Appear, he/she is entitled to an arraignment and trial. Usually, the violator must wait three to five weeks from the date of the violation for their case to be set for court.  The process can be time consuming and costly.

Anyone cited for one of the enumerated violations can voluntarily participate in the Diversion program, regardless of his/her criminal past. The conditions of the program can be satisfied and the criminal case closed within a short time after the arrest without the need to appear in court. The options available for criminal violations are:

OPTION 1: (Fee and Community Service Hours)
Pay $50 processing fee plus $100 Community Service Fee ($150 total payment) and complete attached registration form.

OPTION 2: (Community Service—NO PAYMENT)
Complete two days* (16 Hours) of community service.

OPTION 3: Pay $50 Processing fee and complete one day (8 Hours) of Community Service.

*For information on subsequent enrollment, contact the Diversion Program staff.

Once all of the above conditions are satisfied, a Certificate of Completion will be sent to the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney and Clerk of the Court and the case will be closed. If the conditions of the Diversion Program are not satisfied within thirty days of the violation, the case will be prosecuted in criminal court.

Additional Requirements for Violations of 8A-172
If the violator has been charged with violating Section 8A-172, Conducting business without a local business tax receipt, the violator must also obtain a business license from the Miami-Dade County Local Business Tax Section and present the license or receipt to the staff at the Diversion Program, unless the violator provides written documentation that the business is no longer conducted. Additional information on obtaining a local business tax receipt may be located at
http://www.miamidade.gov/taxcollector/local-business-tax.asp.

Registration by Mail — Only available for violators issued a Complaint/Arrest Affidavit who elect Option 1 (all other options must register in person)

Criminal violators have the option of performing community service hours or converting their hours into a monetary fee amount. If the violator chooses to pay a fee in lieu of completing community service hours, the conditions of the Diversion Program can be completed by registering by mail and submitting payment via a money-order payable to the Miami-Dade County Diversion Program. The police case number and the date of the violation must be noted on the money-order.

To complete the conditions of the program by mail, the violator must complete the registration formAdobe Acrobat logo and attach a money-order payable to the Miami-Dade County Diversion Program.

Mail to:
MIAMI-DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT
POLICE LEGAL BUREAU
ATTN: DIVERSION PROGRAM
9105 NW 25th ST. SUITE 3042
MIAMI, FL 33172

Once the form and payment are received and verified, the Dade County State Attorney's Office will be notified and the case will be closed. Please note that participation in the Diversion Program does not mean that there will be no record of the incident. There will still be an arrest and court record of the violation indicating that the case was administratively closed. The Diversion Program gives the violator the option of saving time and avoiding court.

If the violator would like to have their arrest and court record sealed or expunged, they must contact the Dade County State Attorney's Office at 305-547-0100.

 

 

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