Should I get arrested, what is the next step I should take?
You should consult a lawyer or go to the student legal services to be advised of all the options available to you.
What is PDP?
As stated on the Monroe County Government’s website, the Pre-trial Diversion Program (PDP) is a program offered at the discretion of the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office. It is generally offered to defendants without a significant prior criminal record. The program requires a defendant to complete a specific set of requirements, and upon successful completion the defendant’s charges will be dismissed. Depending on the circumstances of a given case, in addition to paying court, clerk, program fees, defendants must meet additional obligations. Requirements range from varying degrees of alcohol and drug education to substance abuse evaluations and the resulting treatment or therapy. Defendants may also be required to do community service, road crew, and pay restitution where appropriate. *This information was taken directly from the Monroe County Government website. See their Website for more information on the PDP program.
What charges are eligible for PDP?
As stated on the Monroe County Government’s website, certain misdemeanor offenses including (but not limited to) Illegal Consumption or Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage, Public Intoxication, and Possession of Marijuana may be considered for participation in the Pre-trial Diversion Program. Felonies or charges that involve operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated are not eligible for PDP. Regardless of the charges filed, eligibility for PDP is not guaranteed and is determined on a case-by-case basis. For instance, if you are charged with Public Intoxication, but also have three felonies on your record from the past, you are most likely not going to be eligible for the PDP program. *This information was taken directly from the Monroe County Government website. See their Website for more information on the PDP program.
Will PDP keep this incident totally off of my record?
As stated on the Monroe County Government’s website, PDP is designed to help a defendant keep a criminal conviction off his/her record with regard to the offense charged. If he/she successfully completes the program, the court record will show that the charge was dismissed. The benefit of PDP is that there is no criminal conviction and the defendant does not plead guilty. When asked if he/she has ever been convicted of or plead guilty to a criminal offense, a defendant may answer “no” with regard to the charge in a successfully completed PDP case. However, a record that an arrest occurred, or that the charge was filed in court, will not be expunged or erased. Police records of an arrest or citation are beyond the control of the Prosecutor’s Office. If a defendant is asked if he/she has ever been charged with a criminal offense, he/she must always answer “Yes.” Upon successful completion of the program, a defendant may specify that the charge was dismissed. In that case, when a background check is run the court record will show that an order of conditional dismissal was issued and the case was closed. *This information was taken directly from the Monroe County Government website. See their Website for more information on the PDP program.
If I get arrested, could I get in trouble with Indiana University? Yes, you could get in trouble with Indiana University, other schools or programs if you are caught breaking their rules as well. So on top of getting arrested you may also face additional sanctions.
What can happen if I get caught with a fake ID?
If you get caught with a fake ID the police will confiscate it and take you jail to sit in the drunk tank, where you will wait until it is determined that you are sober. Depending upon the context of how you are taken into custody, more legal consequences could follow. Also, do not lie to the police and tell them you are of age, because they can easily find out your correct age and charge you with additional charges, such as false informing.