Pretrial Diversion is an alternative to prosecution for qualifying non-violent offenders which benefits the public and the offender. Offenders that enter the program are supervised by this office while they complete the conditions of their agreement, thus deterring future criminal behavior. The offender pays the cost of the program plus any restitution that may be owed to victims. Participants are referred to various educational or vocational courses, personal or group counseling and to other community agencies appropriate to their needs.
Community Advantages to this program
General Criteria for Participating in this Program
Qualified participants are referred and accepted into the pretrial diversion program. The case is screened to determine if the offender meets the criteria for the program. The defendant is sent a letter informing them of the program. Pretrial Diversion is a voluntary program and offenders may choose to consult with an attorney before entering pretrial diversion.
When the terms and conditions are completed, the case is dismissed. Cases vary on length of supervision depending on the severity of the crime that was committed.
Pretrial Diversion Contacts
James Fontenot - Director
Iberia Parish Pretrial Diversion Office
St. Mary Parish Pretrial Diversion Office
St. Martin Parish Pretrial Diversion Office