The Pre-Trial Intervention and Diversion Program (PTI) is designed to provide an alternative to prosecuting defendants in the criminal justice system. PTI is a program governed by the Solicitor General which helps the participants reduce the risk of future problems with law enforcement. Only those defendants who meet the guidelines set forth will be offered entrance into the program.
The program length varies from 3 to 12 months. Successful completion of the program is accomplished through:
Payment of court costs
Reporting on a regular basis to the PTI Supervisor
Required counseling relating to the offense
No offender shall be accepted into the program for an offense for which the law provides a mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration or imprisonment that cannot be suspended, probated, or deferred.
If PTI is successfully completed, there is no record of conviction and the defendant avoids the stigma of a criminal record.
Early intervention allows rehabilitative services to be provided soon after the alleged offense, in an attempt to correct the behavior that led to the offense.
Many of the costs associated with the formal court process are eliminated through acceptance into PTI.
PTI provides early resolution of a case which serves the interests of the victim, the public, and the defendant.
PTI reduces the burden on the court and allows resources to be devoted to more serious criminals.