Everyone makes mistakes and fortunately, the Texas criminal justice system is well-aware of this fact. Because Texas desires appropriate punishments, it takes various approaches to justice. There is no “one size fits all approach.”
While the Collin County District Attorney is dedicated to punishing violent and habitual offenders, the DA is also committed to relieving the crowded court dockets, reducing the prison population and helping non-violent offenders become productive members of society. To that end, the Collin County Diversion Program was created.
The mission of the Diversion Program:
- Prevent crime
- Increase public safety
- Hold offenders accountable
- Break the cycle of crime
Through diversion, the state aims to give eligible offenders the resources, education, tools, and skills they need to break the cycle of crime and live healthy, independent lives that are productive and rewarding.
“Should I consider diversion?” If you are eligible and you did make a mistake, yes, it is a very good idea to see if you qualify. Collin County’s Diversion Program is an alternative to prosecution; it offers YOU the chance to avoid the stigma of a criminal conviction as well as other penalties, such as fines, probation, and incarceration.
Do I Qualify for Diversion?
Offenders are referred to the Diversion Program through the Collin County Prosecutor or law enforcement personnel. However, not everyone qualifies. You are not eligible for diversion if you are charged with:
Note: In some cases, the Diversion Prosecutor will make an exception.
For an offender to qualify, he or she cannot have a history of adult felony convictions, nor can they have any prior convictions for violent misdemeanors, such as assault. Again, the Diversion Prosecutor may make certain exceptions.
Which charges are potentially eligible for diversion?
- Criminal mischief
- Drug possession
- Tampering with evidence
- Burglary of a non-habitation
To learn more about Collin County’s Diversion Program and to find out if you might qualify, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to get started.