D.C. Pretrial Services has announced that beginning January 1, 2012, it will not routinely screen urine for marijuana. Great news, but what about pretrial diversion ?
What at first seems like great news for pot smokers may cause problems with the U.S. Attorney’s office program for first time offenders, the Deferred Prosecution Agreement program (“DPA”).
DPA is a program where people without a prior criminal record agree to perform 32 hours of community service in exchange for the government dismissing the charges. DPA can be a great way to resolve certain cases.
But DPA’s also requires 3 consecutive negative urine screens. Still undetermined is whether the U.S. Attorney will agree to a DPA for pot offenders after marijuana screening ends. Stay tuned.