Domestic Violence Deferred Sentencing Program (DVDSP)

DVDSP is limited to those defendants charged with certain misdemeanors committed against an intimate partner or family or household member.

Participants in DVDSP must plead guilty to a criminal charge, then engage in and successfully complete a batterer's intervention program, a substance abuse program (if one is ordered), must regularly attend court hearings to monitor progress, and must follow any other directives of the court.

Entry into the proglam is subject to approval by the District Attorney's Office.

DVDSP is a type of diversion program, which means that if an individual successfully completes the program, the misdemeanor charges are dismissed.