Florida Senate - 2016 SB 618 By Senator Evers 2-00321A-16 2016618__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to prearrest diversion programs; 3 creating s. 901.40, F.S.; encouraging local 4 communities to implement prearrest diversion programs 5 for certain offenders; authorizing law enforcement 6 officers of participating law enforcement agencies, at 7 their sole discretion, to issue civil citations to 8 adults under specified circumstances; requiring that 9 an adult who is issued a civil citation by a 10 participating law enforcement agency report for intake 11 as required by the local prearrest diversion program; 12 requiring the provision of appropriate behavioral 13 health care services; requiring that an adult who is 14 issued a citation fulfill a community service 15 requirement specified by the local program; requiring 16 the diversion program to refer for prosecution an 17 adult who fails to complete the prearrest diversion 18 program; authorizing a court to issue a bench warrant; 19 requiring that there be no arrest record for adults 20 who successfully complete the program; requiring local 21 prearrest diversion programs to specify eligible 22 misdemeanor offenses; providing an effective date. 23 24 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 25 26 Section 1. Section 901.40, Florida Statutes, is created to 27 read: 28 901.40 Prearrest diversion programs.—The Legislature 29 encourages local communities to implement prearrest diversion 30 programs that afford certain adults who fulfill specified 31 intervention and community service obligations the opportunity 32 to avoid an arrest record. Such programs shall allow law 33 enforcement officers, at their sole discretion, to issue civil 34 citations to certain adults who commit nonviolent misdemeanor 35 offenses. A civil citation may be issued under this section only 36 if the adult admits that he or she committed the offense and if 37 the alleged violation is the adult’s first offense. 38 (1) An adult who receives a civil citation shall report for 39 intake as required by the local prearrest diversion program and 40 shall be provided appropriate behavioral health care services. 41 While in the local prearrest diversion program, the adult shall 42 perform community service hours as specified by the local 43 prearrest diversion program. If the adult does not successfully 44 complete the prearrest diversion program, he or she shall be 45 referred back for prosecution by the law enforcement agency that 46 issued the citation, and a bench warrant may be issued. If the 47 adult successfully completes the program, an arrest record may 48 not be associated with the offense. 49 (2) A local prearrest diversion program shall specify the 50 misdemeanor offenses that may be included in the diversion 51 program. 52 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.