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Diversion program offers a new start after convictions

Everyone makes mistakes and has moments of poor judgment. Unfortunately, some of these mistakes could land you in jail or cost you a job. Even being in the wrong place at the wrong time could have devastating effects on your life.

If you are facing criminal charges that could ruin your future, Collin County believes you may deserve a second chance. In 2018, a new program was introduced to help first-time or repeat offenders start fresh. This program provides caring support; including life skills classes, mentorships and job opportunities. The hope is to keep more offenders out of jail and get them back on the right track.

Do you qualify for the diversion program?

Not everyone is accepted into the district attorney’s program known as the Path 2 Criminal Diversion program, or “Path 2 program.” The program will not accept people who have committed:

  • Violent crimes
  • Domestic violence or assaults
  • Sex offenses
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Other serious charges determined at the court’s discretion

People wishing to use this program will be considered on a case by case basis. Some exceptions may be made for past arrests or non-violent crimes that may be on your record.

A hopeful look at the future

Overall, this program is seeking candidates who are hoping to break the cycle of crime. By providing emotional support and job placements, the district attorney’s office aims to help people find the right foot forward and not go back to their previous poor choices.

To participate, program attendees will need to admit they are guilty of the crime and avoid committing any new criminal activity. Completing the program is a positive alternative for many who would otherwise be going to jail. It also can help people prevent facing other penalties, paying hefty fines and losing their reputation after a criminal conviction.

How to get started with the Path 2 program

Everyone wishing to participate in the program must go through an application process and an assessment where your case is carefully reviewed. If you are worried that your situation may not qualify, an attorney can help represent your case to the Diversion Prosecutor. An attorney can also help gather the required documents, take a sworn statement and help you with other legal steps needed to qualify for this program.

If you or a loved one has made a mistake, do not lose hope. Teens and young adults are especially susceptible to poor judgments and peer pressures that can have a lasting impact on the rest of their life. Fortunately, Collin County is working to change negative cycles and provide corrective opportunities for a clear path forward.