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The Pretrial Intervention Process

The Pretrial Intervention Process

Pretrial Intervention (PTI) is a program offered to first time offenders in the criminal justice system. The program is intended to allow those individuals to avoid more traditional prosecution, giving them a second chance and an opportunity to work towards rehabilitation. PTI is available to a number of applicants; specifically, first time offenders charged with non-violent crimes, individuals over the age of 17, and those who are referred from bond court. Individuals should apply for PTI as soon as possible after their arrest. Excluded from participation are offenders of violent crimes, DUI, and other crimes specifically enumerated by state laws.

There are various requirements for participation in the PTI program. They are as follows:

  • Pay $250 participation fee
  • Perform 30-50 hours of community service work
  • Pay restitution, if any, to victim(s) of your crime
  • Actively participate in counseling sessions, activities and educational classes
  • Pass drug test(s)
  • Not be rearrested while enrolled in PTI

There are also requirements that apply to your first PTI meeting. At that meeting, you must bring the following:

  • A $100 money order or cashiers check (NO cash or personal checks are accepted)
  • A copy of your arrest warrant(s) or ticket(s)
  • A valid picture ID
  • Your Social Security card
  • $20 cash for an initial drug test

Lastly, there are several non-refundable program fees that each participant must pay:

  • Application Fee                  $100
  • Participation Fee                $250
  • Expungement Fee             $250
  • Clerk of Court Filing Fee     $35

These fees may be waived depending on the financial need of an applicant, who may be required to participate in extra community service.

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