Parish president enters pre-trial diversion program to avoid criminal charges

St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran has officially entered a pre-trial diversion program to avoid criminal charges stemming from his Sept. 2 arrest.

Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick announced Cochran had been offered the program in lieu of facing criminal charges.

The DA’s office offered Cochran the option to participate in the program just as it would any other first-time offender, according to District Attorney’s office spokesman Paul Purpura.

The Pre-Trial Adult Diversion Program is a voluntary alternative to criminal prosecution for first-time offenders accused of misdemeanors or nonviolent felony crimes, according to the DA’s office. Participants undergo counseling and other activities in the program. Charges can be dismissed or refused if the participant successfully completes the program.



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