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

In the 1970’s the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office formerly implemented one of the oldest known diversion program 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 in the first place 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 in particular. The deadlines for DPP are very short and there are other specific requirements before someone is admitted into the Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP). Call The Carreras Law Group, P.C. attorney straightaway for your free consultation to find out how the firm can help.

If an applicant is above the age of 24, he/she shall not be considered for this program. Apart from that, the applicant would be disqualified if he/she has been a member of mental health priority group. Additionally, any previous participation in DPP or conviction or any sort of supervision for offenses (Class B), the applicant shall stand disqualified.

Besides that, any offense that is committed after the first arrest or while serving the bond stands disqualified. Also, placing anyone in danger or injuring the other person during the course of the offense will disqualify for DPP program.

Apart from this, there is another initiative for offenders more than 25 years of age and it’s known as DPI or Deferred Prosecution Initiative. Undoubtedly, DPI 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

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

violent crimes

First Offender Drug Program

You must complete an application specifically within 90 days of your case filing. The First Offender Drug is a limited-supervision program for first-time drug offenders that would be considered a “self-corrector” particularly.


Veterans Court Diversion Program

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

domestic violence

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 in particular. Henceforth, the court 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 in the light of family assaults presented in Criminal Court No. 5. This program provides counseling coupled with case management to youthful offenders aged 17-25, who have been arrested for assault against a non-intimate family member.


Mental Health Court Diversion Program

Mental Health Court Diversion Program aims not only to identify mentally impaired offenders but also to expedite them through the criminal justice system.

immigration crime

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.

sex crime

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

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


Felony Alcohol Intervention Program

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

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