The 5th Circuit District Attorney’s Pre-Trial Diversion (PTD) Program diverts certain first-time nonviolent defendants from the traditional court system into an individualized and supervised restorative program. Only those who are eligible and committed to successfully completing the program will be considered. The defendant will be required to work, perform community service, participate in counseling, drug & alcohol treatment, anger management, theft deterrent classes, report to the PTD Office, pay restitution if applicable, and anything else the District Attorney feels will aid in the rehabilitation of the defendant.
If the defendant successfully completes the program, the case will not be brought to trial, the District Attorney will file a Motion to Dismiss the case with prejudice, and there will not be a conviction. However, if the defendant does not complete the PTD program, they will be adjudicated guilty and sentenced as they would for any other conviction.
Rachel Cotney, PTD Coordinator
Office: (256) 234-2735
A person charged with any of the following offenses may apply for the pretrial diversion program:
Offense wherein the victim did not receive serious physical injury;
Offense in which the victim was not a child under 14 years of age, a law enforcement officer, school official, or a correctional officer; and
Misdemeanor other than one specifically excluded by law.
The opinion of the law enforcement officer and any victim is considered in all cases.
Evaluation/Application fee: $107.00
The evaluation/application fee must be paid within 72 hours of submission of the pretrial diversion application.
A conviction will remain on your arrest record for the rest of your life. Pretrial diversion will offer you a chance to clear this charge from your arrest record.
You are now able to apply for the Pretrial Diversion Program online. To apply, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Fill out application below.
Step 2: Follow the payment link below the online application, and remit the $107.00 application fee.
Step 3: Watch your email for a confirmation email stating that your application has been received. Because of the high volume of applications, please allow up to 3 business days to process your online application. Please call the Pretrial Diversion Program Coordinator for your respective county if you have not received communication from the Pretrial Diversion Program if more than 3 days have elapsed after you have applied.
Tallapoosa, Randolph and Macon counties: (256) 234-3741
Chambers County: (334) 864-2025