What is the Pre Trial Diverson Program in Collin County? How do I get into the program? Why should I enter the program if I am accepted?
The Pre Trial Diversion program in Collin County was created by the Collin County District Attorney’s Office to balance the community’s interest in punishing crimes with its interest in correcting the criminal behaviors of youthful or first time offenders in a way that allows them to move forward with their lives with a clean slate, so to speak.
Essentially, the Pre Trial Diversion program is an agreement between a person accused of a crime and the Collin County District Attorney’s Office, where a person agrees to a period of supervision by the Collin County Community Supervision Department and further agrees to a number of conditions during that supervision period. The conditions of supervision depend upon the type of crime involved but frequently involves:
-classes or programs
an agreement to engage in no further criminal activity
In exchange for a person’s agreement to participate in the program, the Collin County District Attorney’s Office will agree to file a Motion to Dismiss the case against the person at the end of the Diversion period.
As an attorney who represents people in court in Collin County every single day, I cannot say enough positive things about the program. Essentially, the Diversion programs allows people with no record, who have committed some offense, to eventually have their case dismissed entirely. A person who successfully completes the Collin County Pre Trial Diversion program will have their case dismissed. This means that the successful Diversion candidate will never have to admit guilt in a court of law to a crime. No factual finding that the person has committed a crime will be made and the case will be dismissed.
Most importantly, when the person has their case dismissed, they become expunction eligible. An expunction Order allows the accused person to lawfully deny the existence of the case!. To learn more about expunctions and how the ways that a person may become expunction eligible in Texas, please click here.