The Tarrant County Domestic Violence Diversion Program is a 12-month, pre-trial program for first-time defendants charged with misdemeanor family violence. The intensive program is focused on treatment and rehabilitation, rather than incarceration, and is a way to potentially avoid a conviction and criminal record. Notably, the alleged victim must sign off on the defendant’s participation in the program.
If you or a loved one is interested in the Tarrant County Domestic Violence Diversion Program, and believe you meet the criteria outlined in this article, contact an experienced attorney to walk you through the process. The program is not easy and it’s not for everyone.
Not everyone accused of domestic violence is eligible for the Domestic Violence Diversion Program. To qualify for the program, certain specific criteria must be met:
In addition to having the victim’s consent, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office must also recommend you for the program. Getting the DA’s approval usually will require the assistance of your attorney who will contact the prosecutor on your case and discuss why you would be a good candidate. After acceptance, the following procedures will be followed:
As mentioned, the year-long program is intensive. Participants are under court supervision the entire time and will be required to:
If you violated any condition of the program, you can be discharged from the program. The court can find you guilty and sentence you accordingly, including time in jail.
The attorneys at Varghese Summersett have handled thousands of family violence cases through the years – first as prosecutors and now as highly-regarded defense attorneys. We have the experience, skills and knowledge to produce exceptional results for our clients. Many of our clients have had their cases dismissed after completing the Tarrant County Domestic Violence Diversion program. For more information on how we can help you, call our team today for a free consultation.