Pre-Trial Diversion Program

The Pre-Trial Diversion program allows first-time, non-violent offenders an opportunity to not have a criminal record if they successfully complete numerous goal-oriented conditions. This diversion results in benefits to the participant, the community, the prosecutor, the courts, and the jails by reducing the costs on our court system and lowering the rate of return offenders.

Conditions when Pre-Trial Diversion is appropriate:
• The offender is eighteen (18) years of age or older;
• There is substantial likelihood that justice will be served if the offender is placed in an intervention program;
• It is determined that the needs of the offender and the state can better be met outside the traditional criminal justice process;
• It is apparent that the offender poses no threat to the community;
• It appears that the offender is unlikely to be involved in further criminal activity;
• The offender, in those cases where it is required, is likely to respond quickly to rehabilitative treatment;
• The offender has no significant history of prior delinquency or criminal activity;
• The offender has been indicted and is represented by an attorney; and
• The court has determined that the office of district attorney or the department of corrections has sufficient support staff to administer such intervention program.

To see a copy of the Mississippi Statute that authorizes the Pre-Trial Diversion/Intervention Program please see the link attached below.

Pretrial Intervention Program

If your client is offered the Pre-Trial Diversion Program as a sentence for a felony crime within the Fourth Circuit Court District please complete the application below and return it to the Assistant District Attorney assigned to your case.  If you have any questions about the Pre-Trial Diversion program please contact  Juan Overton at the Greenville Office.

Pretrial Program Application

Breaking News

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Eddie Lee Brown, Jr. pleads Guilty to Killing Greenwood Fireman

Greenwood, MS – Detroit native Eddie Lee Brown, Jr. pled guilty to second degree murder of twenty-three (23) year old Tyree Jernigan a firefighter with the Greenwood Fire Department as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. […]... read more

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Coleman Sentenced for Greenville Crimes of Armed Robbery and Murder

Greenville MS- On August 21, 2018, Washington County Circuit Judge Carol White Richard accepted the guilty pleas of Ladarrian Coleman, 19 yoa, for two separate violent felonies. Coleman was charged and pled guilty to a 2014 armed robbery and pled […]... read more

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Scott Gas Station Shooter Gets 70 Year Sentence

Greenwood, MS-On August 20, 2018, Leflore County Senior Circuit Judge Ashley Hines accepted the guilty plea of Waltdrakus Hunter, 39 yoa. Hunter was indicted by the January 2018 grand jury for the charges of attempted capital murder and armed robbery […]... read more

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Jury Finds House Burglar Guilty

Greenville, MS- After a twelve (12) minute deliberation, a Washington County Jury found Greenville resident, Donaysha Morris, guilty of burglary of a dwelling earlier this week, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. Richardson said, “[t]he jury in this case […]... read more

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Our Mission

The mission of the District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Circuit Court, under the direction of
W. Dewayne Richardson, is to seek justice in order to maintain an environment of safety, security and lawful behavior for the citizens of the Fourth District.

The Office of the District Attorney uses lawful and reasonable methods to successfully identify and prosecute those who commit felony crimes. When a crime occurs, the Office of the District Attorney diligently pursues the indictment and conviction of those responsible, while adhering to all rights of the Victim, ensuring the victim is being provided all direct services applicable, and acknowledging all constitutional safeguards for the accused.

The District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth
District’s goal is to work with law enforcement and the judiciary to punish those who break our laws with adequate punishment. Every representative of the Office of the District Attorney pledges their commitment and full support to the protection of all citizens within the Fourth Circuit Court District.

Contact

Greenville Office
P.O. Box 426
Greenville MS 38702
[P] 662.378.2105
[F] 662.332.4665
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Indianola Office
P.O. Box 1046
Indianola, MS 38751
[P] 662.887.4306
[F] 662.887.6275
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Greenwood Office
P.O. Box 253
Greenwood, MS 38935
[P] 662.453.1089
[F] 662.451.7291
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Judicial Process

Citizen's Involvement in the criminal justice system typically begins with them being a victim, witness, or defendant of a crime. Arrests are made generally by a judge-issued warrant or by a police officer observing a crime in process. Law enforcement may also arrest someone if it has probable cause to believe the person committed a criminal offense. When individuals are arrested they are routinely advised of their Miranda Rights upon arrest, advising them that they have the right to remain silent and that anything they say will be used against them in court. On being questioned, defendants have the right to have their attorney present or to have one appointed if they are indigent.

Felony defendants appear at a first appearance and have the charges reviewed. A judge will inquire if the defendant has an attorney. If low income, the defendant may qualify for a court-appointed lawyer. No plea is entered at this time unless the defendant wishes to plead guilty or waives indictment and has an attorney present. All felony cases are presented to a grand jury in the county that the crime was committed. In the State of Mississippi, only a grand jury has the authority to indict an individual for a felony offense and require them to stand trial for the charges alleged in an affidavit and indictment.

If an indictment is issued, the defendant is bound over to stand trial or enter a guilty plea to the crimes alleged. When a criminal trial occurs all 12 jurors must find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Sentences are decided by Circuit Court Judges in all criminal matters. In most cases a recommendation is made regarding imprisonment, probation, fines and restitution.