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Completion of Back On Track (BOT)

This April will be two years that Miami-Dade County's Back On Track program has been in effect. In essence, the program is a quasi-diversionary program for first-time DUI offenders.

If you qualify for the program, you will have an opportunity to avoid a DUI conviction and court-ordered driver's license suspension.

The program has two tiers that will dictate the conditions for the participant. Tier one is for DUI cases in which there was a breath reading. This program is six months in length. For participants who refused the breath test, their program is about nine months in length.

At the conclusion of your Back On Track program, you will be summoned to court. You must attend. It is at this court hearing that your DUI charge will be amended to reckless driving. You will receive a withhold of adjudication from the court and court costs will be assessed.

You will be required to plead no contest to the charge of reckless driving.

When I say "quasi-diversionary" that is because Back On Track DOES NOT result in your case being dismissed. It simply involves an amendment to a charge that does not result in a court-ordered driver's license suspension or mandatory vehicle immobilization. As well, the withhold can be sealed if you have no convictions on your record. Under normal circumstances, a DUI carries a mandatory conviction.