District Attorney Vic Reynolds
No. However, all drug screening must be done at the Cobb County drug lab. Therefore, all participants must be able to get to the lab during business hours whenever prompted. This will usually mean that anyone living outside the metro Atlanta area will not be able to comply with this condition.
Cases of family violence can be considered for the domestic violence track of Pretrial Diversion. Violent offenses which are not related to a domestic relationship generally are not eligible.
In cases of domestic violence, the length of the program is increased from six months to nine months to allow time for the participant to complete a 24-week batterer’s intervention program.
No. All screening must be done at the Cobb County lab. The practice of allowing outside screening became unmanageable and has been discontinued.
No. Any positive drug screen result will result in termination from the program. Participants should refer to the participant handbook for a list of medications which can be safely taken and consult with their doctors to find alternative, safe medications.
No. Any test indicating the use of an illegal drug at any time after the defendant’s arrest will be grounds for termination from this program.
No. Participants may not consume any alcohol. Therefore, any positive result for alcohol on any drug screen will result in termination from the program.
Only in very rare cases would the fees be waived and at the discretion of the District Attorney’s Office. Any participant requesting such a waiver should be prepared to document an extraordinary circumstance or hardship which would make such action necessary.
This fee represents the actual cost of testing supplies incurred by the lab, and therefore will not be waived.
The administrative fee, the drug screening fee, any restitution owed, and any reimbursement for appointed attorney’s fees must be paid at orientation. Defendants will not be allowed to participate in orientation unless all monetary obligations are paid. Delayed or installment payments will not be accepted under any circumstances.
No. Online community service is not accepted by this program.
At orientation for the Pretrial Diversion Program you will be provided a list of approved community service locations but not a log for recording hours.
Yes. Community service performed after arrest but before program orientation can be counted toward this program’s requirements if the hours are completed at a location approved by the Pretrial Diversion Coordinator.
No. Community service must provide a benefit to the community, not simply free labor for a private business.
That question can only be answered by the judge hearing the case. No one involved with this program has authority to excuse a defendant or an attorney from a court date.
Yes. Please refer to the application instructions included with the application paperwork. However, participants and their attorneys should be aware that cases requiring payment of restitution must be indicted or accused.
Charges that are nolle prossed or dismissed because a defendant successfully completed the Pretrial Diversion Program will be restricted from public view.