PTI is a Diversionary
Program designed for first-time offenders of non-violent crimes. This system allows the defendant to be diverted from court
and enter into a program consisting of counseling and guidance, community service work,
and restitution. Successful completion of the program requirements will allow the
defendant's arrest record to be expunged (destroyed). The goal of this program is to give
first-time offenders a second chance. Offenders may participate in this program only one
PTI is a self
supporting program under the control and supervision of the Office of the Solicitor, Ninth
Judicial Circuit and is supported through cooperation of Judicial, Law Enforcement, and
Community Service Agencies.
The Ninth Circuit
Diversion Services Director
Notice from the Solicitor
The Ninth Judicial Solicitorís
Office has taken a strong position in prosecuting those who threaten our
community and break our laws. We recognize, however, that first-time offenders
of nonviolent crimes may sincerely wish to turn their lives around, and that we
may all benefit from their doing so through our Pre-Trial Intervention Program (PTI).
Our program requires the participant to repay the community and the victim for
criminal activity through community service or restitution; to gain an
understanding of the judicial system through court observation and prison tours;
and to be a productive and responsible citizen. While in PTI, participants must
undergo drug treatment or counseling sessions and must submit to random drug
testing to ensure their compliance.
In return for compliance with
all Pre-Trial requirements, participants will be eligible to have all records of
their criminal arrest that were referred to the Pre-Trial Program removed from
their record. I urge anyone who is genuinely committed to leading a responsible
and productive life in our community to take advantage of an acceptance into PTI.
Scarlett A. Wilson