(a) An applicant may be assessed a fee to be established by the district attorney when the applicant is approved for the program. The amount of the assessment for participation in the program shall be in addition to any court costs and assessments for victims or drug, alcohol, or anger management treatment required by law, the district attorney, or the court, and are in addition to costs of supervision, treatment, and restitution for which the pretrial diversion admittee may be responsible. Pretrial diversion program fees as established by this part may be waived or reduced due to indigency or reduced ability to pay or for other just cause at the discretion of the district attorney. The determination of indigency of the offender, for the purpose of pretrial diversion admission, fee waiver, or reduction shall be made by the district attorney. A schedule of payments for any of these fees may be established by the district attorney.
Terms Used In Alabama Code 45-12-82.07
- circuit: means judicial circuit. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
- Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
- Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
- state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
(b) Except as herein specifically allocated, the district attorney may use fees collected by the pretrial diversion program to fund the pretrial diversion program; for the prosecution of state criminal cases; to help support local and state law enforcement and coroners; for education programs which relate to the prosecution, detection, or prevention of crime; or to benefit any agency or department of state, city, or county government which assists local law enforcement. This support shall be provided to help employ more prosecutors, law enforcement officers, investigators, or staff, buy needed equipment or supplies, provide training opportunities, or for any other prosecutorial or law enforcement purposes.
(c) Except for court costs which are payable by the applicant directly to the clerk of court, fees required by this part shall be collected by the office of the District Attorney of the First Judicial Circuit. Those fees collected shall be deposited by the district attorney into the Pretrial Diversion Fund as described in Section 45-12-82.10. The district attorney shall timely make disbursement as provided in this part.
(d) The district attorney shall be allowed without further legislative action to raise fees to meet and equal those prescribed by the Alabama Legislature in the event a state pretrial diversion program is enacted after April 26, 2006.