Post-charge Diversion and Deferred Prosecution Program

Under Wisconsin law, Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) and Deferred Acceptance of a Guilty Plea (DAGP) allows a person facing criminal charges to enter into an agreement with the court to fulfill certain conditions in return for reduced charges or dismissal. To be eligible to participate in a deferred prosecution an offender usually has a limited criminal record, accepts responsibility for the offense, and must be willing to participate in the agreement. Participants sign a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) or a Deferred Acceptance of a Guilty Plea (DAGP) agreement with the District Attorney’s office and agree to complete a set of conditions within a certain time frame. Condition recommendations are made to the District Attorney’s office based on needs and risk assessments. Recommendations are specific to the participant. Examples of DPA/DAGP conditions may be to attend classes, engage in community service work, counseling, AODA treatment, obtain driver’s licenses and insurance, and secure employment. In return for successful completion of the agreement the District Attorney’s office agrees not to precede with criminal prosecution charges or charges are either reduced and/or dismissed.
Deanna Arntson
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Deferred Prosecution Coordinator
(715) 231-6664
Dunn County
615 Stokke Parkway
Menomonie, WI 54751