This is not for Infractions.
|The St. Joseph County Pre-Trial Diversion Program has been established by the Prosecutor's Office and is designed to work with those persons charged with a misdemeanor. This program is for people who have had little or no criminal background and who are charged with committing various misdemeanor offenses. If you are accepted into the Diversion Program, your case will be dismissed after a period of one year (thereby avoiding a conviction) as long as the requirements and conditions of your specific agreement have been fulfilled.|
|Generally speaking, the defendant must not have a previous criminal background and must currently be charged with a misdemeanor offense. Charges that are sometimes considered for the diversion program include Illegal Consumption of Alcohol, Illegal Possession of Alcohol, Public Intoxication, Battery, Criminal Conversion, and Check Deception. Other misdemeanor charges may be offered diversion at the discretion of the deputy prosecutor handling the case. Eligibility for the program is determined by the deputy prosecutor assigned to the case and on a case-by-case basis. Not all people charged with the same crime may be found eligible for the program. All previous charges, arrests, diversions and convictions must be reported to the deputy prosecutor assigned to the case. Failure to do so will result in the case being ineligible or being immediately terminated from diversion.|
|How do I find out if I am eligible?|
|If you wish to see if you are eligible for the Pretrial Diversion Program, you may submit the
Pre-Trial Diversion Program Form . Once your case has been reviewed, the Prosecutor's Office will contact you.
|General Conditions of Diversion|
Generally, all cases that are diverted will be pending for one year. During that time, the defendant may be required to:
Payments are to be made at:
Traffic & Misdemeanor Court
112 S. Lafayette Street
2nd Floor - Window #208
South Bend, IN 46601
Money orders, cashiers check, credit card, and cash are accepted. Mailed payments (money orders/cashiers checks) are to be made payable to the St. Joseph County Clerk and mailed to the above address. PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
You may pay by credit card by calling GPS Services at 1-888-604-7888 toll free /24 hours or online at www.GovPayNow.com; there is an additional fee for these services. The pay location code for GPS is #6579