Tarrant County DIRECT Drug Program | Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorney

TARRANT COUNTY DIRECT PROGRAM

Have you been arrested and charged with a drug offense in Fort Worth or anywhere in Tarrant County, but want to choose to live drug-free?  The  Tarrant County Drug Diversion Program, otherwise known as the DIRECT, can help you obtain and maintain sobriety while favorably resolving your criminal case and helping keep your record clean.  There are two programs available,

DIRECT stands for Drug Impact Rehabilitation Enhanced Comprehensive Treatment. That’s a long way of saying it is a drug court program for non-violent offenders. A person who is accepted into the DIRECT Drug Court Program will go through an intensive probation, but successfully completing DIRECT could result in the person avoid prison time, and even receiving a shortened probation sentence.

DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER: 817-884-3321

DIRECT in Tarrant County focuses on high-risk high-needs individuals.

ELIGIBILITY FOR DIRECT:Tarrant County Drug Cases

  • Applicants with significant drug problem over a long period of time.
  • Applicants with a criminal history of two or fewer convictions.
  • Applicants with high risk and high need.

DIRECT COURT

  • Criminal charges involving weapons and/or death.
  • Criminal charges listed under Chapter(s) 19, 20, 21, 42.12.
  • Applicants with a history of assaultive offenses. 
  • Criminal charges with Possession of Controlled Substances under 10g/Possession of Marihuana under 1lb.
    • Exception: If drugs are rested for weight and come in under 10g and 1lb, respectfully.
  • Offenses involving the use, possession, or delivery of a controlled substance under 10 grams
  • Offenses involving the use or possession of a controlled substance analog
  • Offenses involving the use or possession of marijuana under one pound.
  • Offenses where the use of alcohol or controlled substance is suspected to have significantly contributed to the commission of the offense if:
    • The offense did not involve carrying, possession or using a firearm or other dangerous weapon;
    • The offense did not involve the use of force against the person of another; or
    • The offense did not involve the death of, or serious bodily injury to, any person.
  • Offenses where the use of alcohol or controlled substance is suspected to have significantly contributed to the commission of the offense if:
    • The offense did not involve carrying, possession or using a firearm or other dangerous weapon;
    • The offense did not involve the use of force against the person of another; or
    • The offense did not involve the death of, or serious bodily injury to, any person.

PROCESS:

Defense attorney submits an application to DA Liaison Ann Wright which is reviewed and then sent to Program Manager Cynthia Velasquez for a second opinion.  

Applicant screened by DIRECT staff to determine if pre-trial diversion or post-plea program is the best option.

Provide clean urinalysis upon admission.

DIRECT 

Case transferred to presiding Judge Louise Sturns.

Defendant pleads guilty and plea of guilty to deferred adjudication or straight probation for a minimum of two years.

Four Phase Program begins.

Conditions:

  • Narcotics Anonymous and/or Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Random Urine analysis
  • Therapy
  • Employment/Enrollment in School
  • Curfew

COSTS:

  • $1000 fee with total expenditure up to $3,500.
  • Fee schedule:
  • Program fee may be paid out over time.
  • Lab fees must be paid at the time of the test.
  • If the program is successfully completed, the remainder of the fee may be waived.
  • Scholarships for program fee cost are available.

BENEFITS:

  • If applicant pled to deferred adjudication, he/she may be eligible for non-disclosure.
  • Avoid penitentiary time.
  •  Presiding Judges: Louis Sturns, Ruben Gonzalez, Scott Wisch
  • Program Manager: Cynthia Velazquez
  • Administrative Assistant: Detria Ferguson