The Tarrant County Deferred Prosecution Initiative (DPI) is a new deferred prosecution program for first-time offenders who are facing certain drug charges (especially marijuana and THC cases), but are also “self correctors” – meaning you are motivated to rehabilitate. If you successfully complete the program, your case will be dismissed. You must be 25 years or older with no criminal history to be accepted into the program. You must also be able to sustain six months of sobriety.
The DPI program is set to launch November 1, 2020. The program is retroactive, but eligible pending cases must apply by January 8, 2020.
Your attorney can advise you if you are eligible, and walk you through the application, questionnaire, and personal statement. If you are accepted into the program, you will go through orientation and, as mentioned, must establish sobriety for six months. This is not a “supervised” program and there will not be monthly check-ins. This program is also available for people who are out of state, including airport drug cases.
NOTE: To enter the program, you must apply within 90 days of the case filing, even if you do not have a lab report. You will be giving up the right to have the underlying drug tested if the lab report is not back in 90 days. The 90 days is a hard and fast deadline.
Participants of the Tarrant County Deferred Prosecution Initiative will have to provide three drug follicle hair tests. The first hair follicle test does not have to be clean. It creates a baseline. The second hair follicle test much be substantially lower or clean. The third test must be clean.
If you live in Tarrant County those drug tests will be provided through Community Supervision and Corrections Department without an additional fee. Individuals who cannot come to Tarrant County must go to an approved local lab at their own cost.
The cost of the DPI program is $300. The participant must also pay for law enforcement’s lab test.
Some participants will also be required to take a drug class at their expense. This is a $25 four-hour online drug and alcohol class.
The following offenses are eligible for DPI:
You are ineligible for DPI if:
You will have to agree to a limited right of expunction. Your name and date of birth will be kept confidential by the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office for five years to make sure you don’t apply for a subsequent diversion program, but this document is not disclosable and will be maintained as work product.
Multiple offenses in a single criminal episode will be considered.
If you are facing a drug charge and think you may be eligible for DPI, contact our law firm today for free consultation. Our team has helped clients gain entry into numerous Tarrant County diversion programs. Call today to speak with an experienced drug crimes attorney about the Tarrant County Deferred Prosecution Initiative.