First-time offenders are shocked when they realize the consequences of their actions. This is particularly true for young offenders. District Attorneys realized that this situation could not be allowed to ruin the lives of these young people, so some of them created alternatives to avoid them having convictions by demanding rehabilitation and education. This effort was aided by legislators who approved funding for these alternative programs. Under State law (Texas Government Code 76.011), counties are allowed to establish pre-trial diversion programs. Upon successful completion, these programs allow for certain first-time offenses to be discharged and ultimately expunged from an individual’s record.

Some of these programs are profiled on this site They illustrate that the programs come in different styles designed by these District Attorneys, specifically: