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

In the 1970’s, the elected District Attorney, Tim Curry saw a need to help young offenders in Tarrant County.  The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office implemented this pre-trial diversion program and was ahead of its time.  One of the first in the State of Texas.  The Deferred Prosecution Program is also known as DPP.  The program allows certain young offenders a second chance.

The DPP program is offered to low risk individuals for the ages 17-21. In recent years, the age has expanded.  Call Kara Carreras to see if you qualify.  Each person must meet a particular criteria to be eligible for the pre-trial diversion program. The deadlines for DPP are very strict so get an attorney quickly to help you with the process. Kara Carreras has successfully helped clients enter and succeed in this program.  Call her today to see how she can help 817-318-6022.  

Just because you are over 21, don’t worry.  You may have a chance to enter.a different PRETRIAL diversion program.  There is another program for offenders over the age of 25.   For offenders more than 25 years of age and it’s known as DPI or Deferred Prosecution Initiative. DPP is designed in such as way that gives a second chance to first-time offenders through deferred prosecution. Inevitably, this initiative offers a unique alternative approach, especially to the offenders rather than going for traditional criminal prosecution.

Pre-Trial Diversions/First Time Offenders

In general, Tarrant County currently offers eight unique specialty programs. Albeit, it is the mission of these programs to divert defendants from traditional judicial avenues. Indeed, it is done through counseling, mentorship. Without a doubt, this program provides an opportunity to correct a one-time mistake. Furthermore, below you will find a brief explanation of the programs offered.

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First Offender Drug Program

In fact, you must complete an application specifically within 90 days of your case filing. Indeed, the First Offender Drug is a limited-supervision program. The best part is, it's  applicable for first-time offenders. Also, this would be considered a “self-corrector” particularly.


Veterans Court Diversion Program

The mission of The Carreras Law Group is to successfully divert Justice Involved Veteran (JIV) from the traditional criminal justice system. Also, to provide with the tools to lead a productive and law-abiding lifestyle.

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Domestic Violence Diversion Program

The DVD Program targets domestic violence or violence between intimate partners. Chiefly, defendants charged with family violence in Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 5 are taken into pre-trial diversion court. Henceforth, the court monitors the defendant’s progress in a non-adversarial manner. And, this is in lieu of traditional case processing.


Youthful Offender Diversion Alternative Program

In fact, YODA is an alternative to standard pre-trial diversion programs. Although, this is designed for family assaults presented in Criminal Court No. 5. Indeed, this program provides counseling coupled with case management. Also, this is applicable for the ages 17-25. In light of, who have been arrested for assault against a non-intimate family member.


Mental Health Court Diversion Program

Mental Health Court Diversion Program aims to identify mentally impaired offenders. Obviously, this expedites them through the criminal justice system.

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Reaching Independence through Self-Empowerment Program

The vision of the RISE program is that every woman reaches her full potential in the first place. Furthermore, they live a healthy, productive, drug free and non-criminal lifestyle.

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

OBI WAN is an extension of the YODA program. Importantly, designed, for defendants with simple assault cases. Thus, involving persons who are not family members. Also, this program is for the offenders up to the age of 25.


Felony Alcohol Intervention Program

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

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