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Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP) – Tarrant County

The Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP) began in the 1970s in Fort Worth. In 2015, the program was reviewed and improved.

In short, the Deferred Prosecution Program it is a second chance for offenders ages 17-24 who have broken the law for the first time.

It allows these first-time offenders to keep the stigma of arrest off their records. By placing young offenders in a limited supervision program, DPP is designed to help them rehabilitate themselves. The program can range from four to eight months, depending on the severity of the offense.

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Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP) – Tarrant County.

The DPP offers two “tracks” for first-time offenders:

  • Track A is for non-substance abuse offenders.
  • Track B is for those charged with marijuana violations.

Once a person completes either track, Tarrant County will dismiss the case. You can find full information on DPP here.

Track A

  • Theft and theft of service, less than $20,000
  • Unauthorized use of a vehicle
  • Burglary
  • Credit card and debit card abuse
  • Removal, destruction or concealment of writing
  • Criminal mischief, less than $20,000
  • Criminal trespass
  • Evading arrest, no vehicle, no injury
  • Failure to identify
  • False report to a police officer
  • Forgery
  • Purchasing or furnishing alcohol to a minor
  • Selling or making alcohol available to a minor
  • Failure to stop at an accident
  • Tampering with a government record
  • Graffiti-pecuniary loss less than $20,000
  • Silent or abusive calls
  • Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, less than five items
  • Trademark counterfeiting, less than $20,000
  • Labeling unauthorized recording
  • Possession, manufacture, distribution of instrument to commit retail theft
  • Possession of marijuana (under 4 ounces)
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of a dangerous drug

Who is not eligible for this program?

  • Those over 24 at the time of the offense
  • Those with previous juvenile adjudications
  • Members of a mental health priority population
  • Those who test positive for drugs with their applications
  • Those with previous convictions or on supervision for Class B offenses and above
  • Those who previously participated in DPP
  • Those with multiple charges not stemming from the same criminal episode
  • Those with offenses committed while on bond
  • Those with offenses committed after a first arrest
  • Those who injured or put someone in danger during the offense
  • Those with gang-related offenses

What are the requirements to get into the Tarrant County Dpp Program?

  • The allotted application time may vary by county, so be sure to check your county’s specific guidelines for the DPP program. Usually, a person must apply to be in the program within 90 days of the filing of the criminal case.
  • A person must be between 17 and 24 at the time of the offense.
  • The crime must fall under the eligibility requirements for the DPP program.

How much does it cost?

  • Track A is $125 with $25 due with the application and $100 due on the day of orientation.
  • Track B is $225 with $25 due with the application and $200 due on the day of orientation.

If completed, is there a way to keep the arrest off my record?

Yes. Offenders who complete the program are entitled to an immediate expunction. However, the cost for the expunction is separate and it is advisable to hire an attorney to guide you through that process.

To learn more about expunction or expungement, visit our site here.

How long is the DPP program in Tarrant County?

For misdemeanor offenses, it is four months; eight months for felony offenses.
Upon successful completion of the supervisory period in either Track A or B, the pending case will be dismissed.

You can find the full information packet for the Deferred Prosecution Program here.


The applicant must attend an orientation before being accepted into DPP. The applicant must be accompanied by a parent or an adult accountability partner. The remainder of the program fee must be paid in full at the conclusion of the orientation. Waivers completed and signed by the applicant and defense attorney must be presented at the beginning of the orientation.

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