Pre-trial intervention programs in Texas are authorized by Section 76.011 of the Texas Government Code. Pre-trial diversion is an agreement between a person accused of committing a crime in Texas and the State of Texas.
Under the terms of the agreement, if the person complies with the conditions set out in the agreement, the State will dismiss the criminal charges. The agreement is very similar to probation, but not as rigorous. By statute, the maximum term for a pre-trial diversion is 2 years. Each county in Texas has great flexibility in setting up a pre-trial intervention program in that county.
As a general rule, pre-trial diversion is available to first time offenders who have been charged with a non-violent crime. When available, pre-trial diversion is a great way to resolve a criminal matter.