Phyllis Gingrey Collins works with youth and young adults facing criminal charges and other difficult situations like being accused of cheating in school. We defend young adults and minors vigorously because we have seen the effects of the traditional juvenile justice centers, jails and prison systems. All too often traditional sentencing does not serve as a “correctional system” and instead starts a cycle of recidivism (future criminal offenses and re-entering the criminal justice system).
The pre-trial diversion program, also known as the Pre-trial intervention program or PTI allows people accused of a crime to avoid trial and a permanent criminal record. In Georgia, each county (and in some cases city) has a different program with different criteria for eligibility. A good number of diversion cases are drug possession charges (possession of a controlled substance). The person who has been charged agrees to:
The benefits for the person who has been accused are huge and far outweigh the costs, especially when compared to the traditional sentences of mandatory jail time and heavy fines.
Not everyone facing a criminal charge, even if it is your first criminal charge, is eligible for the PTI program in Georgia. To ensure eligibility, contact attorney Phyllis Gingrey Collins today to talk about the specifics around your case. To be eligible you must at least meet the following criteria:
DUI charges are unfortunately NOT eligible for the program, neither are most traffic-related violations. Some of the most common charges that do qualify for the PTI program include:
The state of Georgia set up the Georgia Accountability Court Program with the goals of decreasing substance abuse based incarceration rates, saving lives and restoring families. While these programs have a unified framework, each county has different stipulations and in some cases even names for the courts (they are called “Treatment Court” “Drug and Mental Health Court” and in some cases simple “Accountability Court”). There are also programs (which vary by county) for mental health courts. I am happy to talk to you about what specific alternative courts may be available to you based on the charges you are facing and what county in Georgia you were charged in.
There is no quick test you can take online to determine if you are eligible for alternative sentencing in general or Georgia’s pre-trial diversion program in particular. The best way to find out if you are eligible is to arrange an initial consultation with Phyllis Gingrey Collins. She can help you understand how the laws and options around the pre-trial diversion program apply to your specific situation, and help determine whether or not you are eligible.
You can have Phyllis Gingrey Collins explain how she can help in your particular case by calling or emailing to arrange an initial consultation.