of Chambers, Macon, Randolph & Tallapoosa Counties
Serving the People
ARRESTED FOR THE FIRST TIME
What is Pretrial Diversion?
Pretrial Diversion is a program designed for the first-time offender of a non-violent crime. The program consists of education, counseling, community service work, and other requirements that the participant must complete. Successful completion of this program will allow for the dismissal of your case. The goal of this program is to give first-time offenders a second chance. Offenders may participate in this program only one time.
Who is Eligible for Pretrial Diversion?
A person charged with any of the following offenses may apply for the program:
-Offense wherein the victim did not receive serious physical injury
-Offense in which the victim was not a child under 14 years of age, a law enforcement officer, school official, or a correctional officer
-Misdemeanor other than one specifically excluded in this section
-The opinion of the law enforcement officer and any victim in the case shall be considered. in all cases.
Admittance to the program shall be appropriate in any of the following instances:
-The offender is 18 years of age or older, or 16 years of age or older, if the offense is a traffic citation at the time the alleged offense was committed.
-There is a probability justice will be served if the offender is placed in the diversion program.
-It is determined the needs of the State and of the offender can be met through the Pretrial Diversion program.
-The offender appears to pose no substantial threat to the safety and well-being of the community.
-It appears the offender if not likely to be involved in further ciminal activity.
-The offender will likely respond to rehabilitative treatment.
-The District Attorney may waive any of the standards specified if justice or special circumstances dictate.
Fees applieable to the PTD Program:
Evaluation/Application Fee: $25.00 (Misdemeanor)
Must be paid within 72 hours of submission of Application (effective 12/1/13)
Why should you participate in the PTD Program?
A conviction will remain on your arrest record for the rest of your life. Pretrial Diversion will offer you a chance to clear this charge from your arrest record.