The Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor's Office is committed to offering evidence-based programs to individuals charged with non-violent criminal offenses to help them make safe and responsible decisions. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you may qualify for this program. This program will allow you to obtain the programming and counseling necessary to help you make better decisions. If you successfully complete the program, the pending criminal charges will be dismissed and you will not have a conviction on your record; however, an arrest may appear on your record.
To qualify for the program:
- You must meet with the Prosecutor's Office or your attorney to learn all of the details and requirements of the program.
- You must complete and pay for a SASI assessment. It is very important that you are honest during this assessment. If you do not tell the truth during this assessment then you will not qualify for the program.
- Ultimately the decision as to whether or not you qualify is up to the prosecutor handling your case.
Here is how it works:
- You must qualify for the program.
- If you qualify, you will enter into an agreement with the Prosecutor's office and agree to not commit any criminal acts during the length of the agreement.
- You must attend the Project Safe Direction Class that is assigned to you.
- You must take an online course by 3rd Millennium to educate you about the dangers of criminal conduct.
- You must successfully complete any counseling as directed by the selected mental health care provider.
- You must pay any and all costs associated with the program.
- You must NOT COMMIT A CRIMINAL ACT.
- Once you successfully complete the program, the criminal charges will be DISMISSED.
The Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutors Office encourages you to seek the advice of an attorney before entering into the program. A criminal defense attorney is properly trained and qualified to determine if this program is right for you and your case and can make sure that you understand and successfully complete the steps necessary to qualify for the program.
You are not required to hire an attorney to complete the program, but we are not allowed to discuss the program with you unless you have an attorney or waive the right to an attorney. If you wish to waive your right to attorney, you must advise the Court that you wish to waive your right to an attorney.
If you are interested in participating in the Project Safe Direction Program, then you must either obtain an attorney or waive your right to an attorney. Please understand we cannot talk to you unless you have an attorney or waive your right to an attorney.
Contact Karen Ernst, 812-537-8898, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Amy Beckett, 812-532-3209,