Pretrial Intervention Program
For some first-time offenders with no prior contact with the criminal justice system, the Office of the District Attorney offers a Pretrial Intervention (PTI) program. The program is staffed with PTI counselors who will work with first-time offenders to examine the underlying reasons for their criminal behavior. Often the first-time offender will be required to take education classes to learn to how to properly deal with these underlying reasons. In addition, the offender may be subjected to random drug testing. All first time offenders are required to pay restitution to their victims as a condition of their participation in the program.
Entry into this program is solely at the discretion of the District Attorney. Offenders who are invited to participate in this program are advised that strict compliance with all program requirements must be achieved. Should the offender successfully complete the program, a certificate will be issued, and the prosecutor handling the offender’s criminal case will be advised of the successful completion. Successful completion will generally lead to dismissal of all charges.
Re-offenders will be immediately discharged from the program and their criminal case will proceed to prosecution.
Crimes involving acts of serious violence or organized criminal behavior are not typically considered for this program. In 2009, after consulting with many different community organizations, the District Attorney's Office began a pilot program for first time offenders of DWI and DUI laws. This rigorous program has been developed in partnership with the O'Brien House, a well known and respected provider of substance abuse treatment in Baton Rouge.
233 St. Ferdinand Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Tel. (225) 389-3428
NOTE: Any payments made to the District Attorney's Office, including the PTI Program, must be made in the form of a money order. Our office cannot accept cash or personal checks.