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Category: Diversion Programs

Sep 13
2018

Why Criminal Diversion Programs are Good for Everyone in Texas

Criminal Defense | Diversion Programs

In Texas, 20-30% of offenders released from prison go right back there within three years of release. This suggests that, in many cases, traditional prosecution and sentencing is ineffective in preventing future offenses.

Why does this happen?

One of the biggest reasons is that once an individual has spent time in prison, obtaining gainful employment or a college education is much more difficult. In many cases, former offenders may turn back to illegal activities because they find that they are otherwise unable to support themselves.

This can lead to a vicious cycle of repeat offenses, bringing harm to the victims of these crimes, and placing a substantial burden on the criminal justice system.

In contrast, research has shown that diversion [...]

Oct 26
2017

What Help You Can Expect from Tarrant County Diversion Programs

Diversion Programs | FAIP | FODP

If you are charged with a crime, you probably expect the consequences to include jail, probation, expensive fines, a major disruption to your life, or a combination of all those things.

Here in Tarrant County, though, depending on the crime you have been accused of, you might be eligible to participate in a special diversion program that helps you avoid the typical criminal justice process.

Tarrant County’s diversion programs aim to rehabilitate the offender in order to correct the behavior and attitude that contributed to the original arrest. Upon successful completion of a diversion program, your criminal case can be dismissed, your criminal record can be expunged, and you can go back to living your life.

Let’s look at a [...]

Oct 17
2017

Get a Second Chance with the First Time Drug Offenders Program

Diversion Programs | First Offender Drug Program (FODP)

A drug conviction can negatively impact all aspects of your life and leave a permanent mark on your criminal record. If you’re a first-time drug offender, though, you might be able to avoid the consequences associated with a drug conviction and get a second chance.

Here in Tarrant County, we have a number of diversion programs that focus on rehabilitating offenders instead of having them go through the typical criminal justice system process. There are specialty programs for felony DWI offenders, veteran offenders, youthful offenders, and domestic violence offenders.

In addition to these programs and others, our county also has a First Offender Drug Program (FODP). Let’s look at this program in depth to determine, as a first-time offender of [...]

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