Tarrant County First Offender Drug Program (FODP)




First Offender Drug Program (FODP)

As a criminal defense attorney, some of the most common types of criminal cases I handle each year are drug cases. And for first time defendants, the FODP is an excellent program to get your case dismissed with minimal court involvement.  The FODP gives first-time offenders a second chance. And while it is not guaranteed that you will be admitted to the program, I have a track record of success, with many satisfied clients. I will do whatever I can to help you get accepted into the program and get your case dismissed.  Primary Mission and Purpose According to the Tarrant County District Attorney, the mission of the First Offender Drug Program (FODP) is to enhance the quality and efficiency of the criminal justice system by redirecting low-risk, first-time drug offenders into a court-supervised program. This initiative aims to:
  • Enhance public safety
  • Reduce crime rates
  • Hold offenders accountable
  • Increase sobriety among participants
  • Lower community costs
  • Decrease congestion in criminal court dockets
Requirements to be Eligible To be eligible for the First Offender Drug Program (FODP), you must be approved by the Criminal District Attorney’s Office. The program is intended for first-time offenders deemed likely to self-correct with minimal supervision.  In order to be considered, you will need to provide the following:
  • High school diploma, equivalent transcript, or proof of current enrollment in high school, GED program, or college
  • All Program fees are expected to be paid in full
Program Rules:
  • No progressive sanctions
  • No drug use or underage alcohol consumption
  • Any violation results in immediate removal from the program
  • Termination leads to formal sentencing based on the original plea
Program Structure: Felonies: 
  • 180-Day Program
  • Urinalysis twice per month
  • Two hair tests
  • Short-term education class
  • 90-Day Program
  • Urinalysis twice per month
  • Short-term education class
Eligible Offenses for FODP: The following offenses may qualify for the FODP program:
  • 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
  • Drug-Free Zone, Controlled Substance under 28 grams
  • Drug-Free Zone, Marijuana 2-4 ounces 
  • Forging or Altering Prescription
  • Possession of Dangerous Drug
Eligibility Restrictions:
  • No prior convictions, community supervision, or deferred adjudication for offenses other than Class C misdemeanors
  • No prior participation in any other diversion programs

Participation in this program offers a second chance for first-time offenders to correct their path and have their case dismissed. If you have been arrested on any drug related charge, please contact criminal lawyer Stephen Handy. There are strict time limits to apply for the program, so do not wait to call. 
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