Tarrant County First Offender Drug Program (FODP)
What is FODP?
Are you a first-time drug offender? Tarrant County offers the First Offender Drug Program “FODP” as a limited-supervision program for first-time drug offenders who are considered “self-correctors.” Our attorneys have successfully guided individuals through this program and are available to help you with your recent arrest.
One of the greatest benefits of the First Offender Drug Program is that successful completion of the program will make the arrest record eligible for an expunction.
In order to be considered for the First Offender Drug Program, a defendant must be approved by the Criminal District Attorney’s Office. Participants who are accepted into the program will receive minimum supervision.
Eligibility for First Offender Drug Program:
The applicant cannot have been convicted, have current or past community supervision or deferred adjudication, nor currently have any pending offenses other than Class C misdemeanors.
Eligible offenses for admission include:
- Possession of Controlled Substance, under 1 gram
- Possession of Controlled Substance, 1-4 grams
- Possession of Controlled Substance under 2 ounces
- Possession of Marijuana under 2 ounces
- Possession of Marijuana 2-4 ounces
- Forging or Altering Prescription
- Possession of Dangerous Drug
- Diversion of a Controlled Substance
- Attempt of any above-listed offense
Program Fees for First Offender Drug Program:
The program cost includes the costs of testing and classes for the program. The felony program is 180 days for $550. The misdemeanor program is 90 days for $350. Each program consists of a short-term education class, urinalysis testing, and for the felony programs, two hair tests during the duration of the program.
Entry Process for First Offender Drug Program:
- A defendant speaks with his/her attorney about participating in the First Offender Drug Program.
- A defendant and his/her attorney will fill out the one-page application. A completed application must be submitted within 90 days of case filing.
- An Assistant Criminal District Attorney approves or denies the defendant for the program and relays to decision to the Case Manager who in turn will notify court coordinator to set plea date and time.
- Defendant will appear in appropriate court, enter guilty plea, and formally commence the First Offender Drug Program.
Conditions of the First Offender Drug Program
- Random Urinalysis for drug testing
- Reporting to a case manager
- Drug education classes
- Life skills classes
If the defendant violates any term or condition of the program, a termination letter is completed by the Case Manager and signed by the presiding judge. Termination from the program will result in a sentencing hearing with punishment set by the court within full range of punishment.
If the defendant successfully completes the program, on the dismissal court date, the Assistant Criminal District Attorney will present to the Judge a Motion to Dismiss the case.
If you were charged with a drug offense, consider the Tarrant County First Offender Drug Program and call our Fort Worth Criminal Lawyers at 817-203-2220.