DPP- Deferred Prosecution Programs/First Time Offenders (Tarrant County)

In the 1970’s the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office implemented one of the oldest known diversion programs in the state. The Deferred Prosecution Program, otherwise known as DPP for short, allows certain offenders to enter a special program for a second chance.

This program is offered to low risk individuals between the ages of 17-21. There are other criteria that an individual must meet so it is best to contact an attorney quickly. In Tarrant County only your attorney can recommend an individual for this program. The deadlines for DPP are very short and there are other specific requirements before someone is admitted into the Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP). Call our attorneys now for your free consultation to find out how we can help.

Pre-Trial Diversions/First Time Offenders

Tarrant County currently offers eight unique specialty programs. It is the mission of these programs to divert defendants from traditional judicial avenues through counseling, mentorship, or providing the opportunity to correct a one time mistake. Below you will find a brief explanation or mission statement of the programs offered and their contact information.

First Offender Drug Program:

You must complete an application within 90 days of your case filing

The First Offender Drug Program is a limited-supervision program for first-time drug offenders that would be considered a “self-corrector.”

Domestic Violence Diversion Program

The Domestic Violence Diversion Program targets domestic violence, or violence between intimate partners. Selected defendants charged with family violence in Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 5 are placed into the pre-trial diversion court which monitors the defendant’s progress in a non-adversarial manner, and is in lieu of traditional case processing.

Youthful Offender Diversion Alternative Program

YODA is an alternative to standard pre-trial diversion programs for family assaults presented in Criminal Court No. 5. This program provides counseling and case management to youthful offenders aged 17-25, who have been arrested for assault against a non-intimate family member.

Other Behavioral Intervention with Assault Non-family (OBI WAN) Program

OBI WAN is an extension of the YODA program for defendants with simple assault cases involving persons who are not family members up to the age of 25.

Veterans Court Diversion Program

Our mission is to successfully divert Justice Involved Veteran (JIV) from the traditional criminal justice system and provide them with the tools they need to lead a productive and law-abiding lifestyle.

Mental Health Court Diversion Program

The mission of the Mental Health Court Diversion Program is to identify mentally impaired offenders, to expedite them through the criminal justice system.

Reaching Independence through Self-Empowerment Program

The vision of the RISE program is that every woman reaches her full potential and lives a healthy, productive, drug free and non-criminal lifestyle.

Felony Alcohol Intervention Program

The Tarrant County Felony Alcohol Intervention Program (FAIP) is a post adjudication program for the high-risk repeat DWI offender. FAIP provides consistent and lengthy structure allowing the offender to benefit from the treatment experience.