The State Attorney's Office in Hillsborough County is using a new type of misdemeanor diversion program for anyone charged with a first or second criminal traffic citation for the offense of either:
- no valid driver’s license; or
- driving while license suspended.
What is the DLAP or Drive Legal Again Program in Hillsborough County, FL?
The State Attorney's Office determines eligibility for the program. It has announced that individuals will not be eligible for the DLAP program if their driver’s license was suspended for DUI, a drug conviction or owing past due child support.
Agreeing to enter the program is not considered an admission of guilt. To enter the program you or your attorney must waive speedy trial. After satisfactory completion of the DLAP program, the State Attorney's Office will drop the charges in the criminal traffic citation. The charges are dropped when the State Attorney's Office files a form called a “nolle pross.”
In order to successfully complete the program you are not required to obtain a valid Florida Driver’s License.
The individual must register for the program within five (5) business days after agreeing to participate in the Drive Legal Again Program (DLAP). Participants have ninety (90) days to complete the requirements of the program and must attend four (4) classes. The participant must also by the $150 fee and an additional $50 for cost of prosecution.
The DLAP office program is administered by a company called Court Options, Inc., which was founded by Ruben Valdivia and George Romagosa. It is a Florida for profit corporation based in Palmetto Bay, FL. The Tampa offices are located at the following address:
2109 East Palm Street, Suite 1010
Tampa, FL 33605