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Pretrial Diversion

"An Alternative to Prosecution"

Pre-Trial Diversion is a program offered to certain adult and juvenile first offenders who qualify for participation. This is an alternative to prosecution in which participants receive counseling, alcohol and drug rehabilitation and referral to other community agencies as is appropriate.

The Purpose of the Program is to intervene in an attempt to deter future criminal behavior; to assist in the collection of restitution owed to victims; and to assist the courts by allotting more time for the prosecution of more serious offenses.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Certain first time adult and juvenile misdemeanor offenders. DWI’s and domestic battery are not eligible.
  • Participant selection is made by an Assistant District Attorney after a criminal record check.

Advantages to defendant:

Participation is strictly voluntary by the defendant and the advantages include but are not limited to:

  • Avoiding a criminal conviction which could impact their future;
  • An opportunity to make adjustments to a lifestyle which has brought them to the attention of the legal community;
  • Minimize family and employment disruptions;
  • Lessen the financial impact of fines and costs of court;
  • Special services which are provided by various organizations within the community to assist with the rehabilitation/awareness process; and,
  • Charges are dismissed upon successful completition.  

The enrollment process begins with a letter from the Director setting an initial meeting. Program explanations, requirements and expectations are thoroughly discussed. The defendant then makes the decision to participate in the program or continue with court proceedings.

The length of the program depends upon the seriousness of the offense, the participant's attitude and how well the participant meets the goals of the program. This is determined by the Director.

Upon satisfactorily completion of the program, the pending charge(s) is dismissed.

Contact Information

Lincoln Parish Pre-Trial Diversion
Suzann Ford
100 West Texas Avenue, Second Floor
Ruston, LA 71270
Phone: 318-251-5100

Union Parish Pre-Trial Diversion
Kywonna Drake
100 East Bayou Street, Second Floor
Farmerville, LA 71241
Phone: 318-368-2201

Lincoln Parish Office

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100 West Texas Ave. 2nd Floor Ruston, LA 71270 Phone: (318) 513-6350 Fax: (318) 251-5103

Union Parish Office

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100 East Bayou Street Farmerville, LA 71241 Phone: (318) 368-2201 Fax: (318) 368-3717