Drug crimes are prevalent in Tarrant County and across the state of Texas. In fact, you will probably be hard pressed to find an adult who has not been exposed, impacted or influenced – either directly or indirectly – by drugs at some point in his or her life. Not surprisingly, courts are overflowing with non-violent drug offenders, many of whom find themselves in the justice system for the first time and are now facing a possible criminal record. Fortunately, there is a program in Tarrant County designed to help first-time, low-level offenders keep their record clean — by staying clean. It’s called the Tarrant County First Offender Drug Program (FODP) and it may be right for you or a loved one.
The Tarrant County First Offender Drug Program, or FODP, is a limited supervision program for first-time drug offenders who would be considered a “self-corrector.” One of the greatest benefits of the First Offender Drug Program is that, upon successful completion of the program, your case will be dismissed and your arrest record will eligible for an expunction. Our attorneys have successfully guided individuals through FODP and are available to assist you if you qualify for this program.
In order to be considered for the First Offender Drug Program, a defendant must be approved by the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. Participants who are accepted into the program will receive minimum supervision.
To be eligible for FODP, the applicant cannot have been convicted, have current or past community supervision or deferred adjudication, nor currently have any other pending offenses other than Class C misdemeanors.
The following offenses may be eligible for FODP:
The felony program is 180 days long and costs $550. The misdemeanor program is 90 days and costs $350. The program cost covers the costs of drug testing and education classes required for the program.
The conditions of the program vary depending on whether your cases is a misdemeanor or felony. However, all participants will be required, at a minimum, to:
If the defendant successfully completes the program, on the dismissal court date, the Assistant Criminal District Attorney will present to the Judge a Motion to Dismiss the case.
Any violation is cause for immediate removal from the program, which means your case will proceed to formal sentencing based on the original plea. In other words, there will be a sentencing hearing and the judge will assess your punishment, which means you will be exposed to to the full range of punishment of the charge.
If you were charged with a drug offense and believe you may be eligible for FODP, contact our law office today. Our team has helped numerous clients gain entry and successfully complete the program. Call our law firm today to speak with an experienced attorney about Tarrant County’s First Offender Drug Program, 817-203-2220.