is the Pretrial Intervention Program?
Intervention Program is a diversion program which is offered to
selected offenders as an alternative to prosecution where necessary.
Participants may receive coordinated assistance in job placement,
personal and group counseling, and referrals to other community
agencies appropriate to their needs.
is the Purpose of the Program?
is designed to meet the needs of certain non-violent offenders in
an attempt to deter their future criminal or disorderly behavior;
to serve the courts by reducing the number of less serious cases,
permitting more time for the more serious crimes; and to protect
the community by closely supervising the accused following arrest
until final disposition of the case.
is Eligible for Participation?
To be eligible
for participation in the Pretrial Intervention Program, an individual
must meet the following criteria:
to nonviolent crimes;
between the ages of 17-25 (may be waived in certain cases);
- The victim
must receive full restitution where required;
- The individual
must present no future probable threat of causing physical
to the community;
- The individual
must acknowledge his/her wrongdoing;
- The individual
must show a good faith willingness to participate in the program.
of the District Attorney's Office refer offenders meeting the
criteria to the program following a review of the pending charge(s)
and the offender's prior criminal record and history. The offender
is given an overview of the program and given the option of participating
in the program going to court. The District Attorney makes
the final decision as to the acceptability of an offender for
the Enrollment Fees?
fee of $100 and a supervision fee are required. The supervision
based upon the length of the individual's probationary term.
Occurs in the Program?
is assigned a supervisor who will meet with the participant monthly.
The goal is to help the offender gain an awareness of the legal
and social consequences of criminal behavior. Referrals may be
made to community agencies for services such as substance abuse
treatment and mental health treatment/counseling. Participants
may be required to perform community service and to submit to
random drug screens. Referral programs and testing will be
at the participant's expense.
are the Advantages to a Defendant for Choosing to Participate?
presumption of innocence applies to the entire period from arrest
through trial, program participation is completely voluntary and
the right not to participate is explained to all potential participants.
The advantages of participation are:
for self-development and awareness of the consequences of
future criminal behavior;
of additional expenses as related to further criminal prosecution;
of possible criminal conviction and incarceration and/or fine;
of remaining in the community with limited disruption to family
life and employment;
to aid in deterrence of future criminal behavior;
completion results in the charge being "Dead Filed"
(no further action is taken on the case);
to petition the court for expungement of the arrest record
two years following the arrest.
is Required to Complete the Program Successfully?
must attend all counseling sessions and keep all other appointments
that are mutually agreed upon by the participant and supervisor.
All participants must be employed or enrolled in school before
they can be recommended for satisfactory termination. Restitution,
if required, must be paid in full before program completion.
A subsequent arrest or violation of program rules will result
in the participant's case being returned for prosecution, the
participant forfeits any funds into the program.
Does a Participant Remain in the Program?
will depend on the seriousness of the offense, the attitude
of the participant and how well the participant has met the
goals of the program as determined by the participant's supervisor.
Happens When a Participant Completes the Program?
participant has complied with all requirements of the Pretrial
Intervention Program and completes the program satisfactorily,
the pending charge is "dead filed". There is no prosecution
of criminal conviction for the charge(s) in question.