Court Order /Diversion Programs
Court order classes are diversion program, also known as a pretrial intervention program, in the criminal justice system. They are a form of pretrial sentencing in which a criminal offender joins a rehabilitation program to help remedy the behavior leading to the original arrest, allows the offender to avoid conviction and sometimes a criminal record. The referral may primarily be court ordered but referrals can also be self referred, referred by an employer or others community agencies.
The eligibility criteria for participating in any court order classes/group or individual counseling services varies upon the diversion program and/or the referring court, attorney, or law enforcement agency. However, self and non-legal referrals do not have to meet any criteria. All court ordered and/or defendants are required to complete the recommended class, group, or counseling treatment services at the required time frame. When the defendant successfully completes the recommended diversion program, their charges are dismissed and/or sealed. The successful completion of the programs will receive a certificate of completion. However, if the defendant fails to successful complete the diversion program, their case will resume.
Private Matters Counseling Services (PMCS) currently offers the following court-order treatments:
● Drug & Alcohol Awareness
● Domestic Violence Batters Intervention Program (BIP)
● Anger Management
● Responsible Thinking/Cognitive Thinking
● Additional classes are available upon need or request
● plus many others...