What are Diversion Programs?
Diversion Programs are educational counseling programs offered to eligible defendants as an alternative to criminal convictions and their consequences (i.e., jail, probation, fines, and fees). Defendants who successfully complete all aspects of Diversion will ultimately have their cases dismissed. The goal of Diversion is educating, rehabilitating, and preventing the defendant from reoffending, as well as giving the defendant the opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction.
Who is Eligible to Take Diversion?
A particular defendant's eligibility depends on the facts of the case, the type of offense charged, that person's criminal history and the whether we have a program for the type of crime that was committed. A prosecutor reviews all cases with diversion eligibility issues.
How Does the Diversion Program Process Work?
After a defendant is charged with a criminal offense, the eligible defendant will be given an opportunity to enter into a plea agreement which requires participation in the appropriate diversion program and possibly other terms to avoid the punishment set forth in the plea agreement. Once the defendant successfully completes all terms of the program and plea agreement, the case will be dismissed. If a defendant fails to comply with the program, he or she will be sentenced to the punishment agreed to in the plea agreement.
When Does a Defendant Learn if He or She is Eligible for Diversion?
Typically, the defendant's attorney (or the person, if not represented by a lawyer) will be advised of diversion eligibility at either Arraignment or at a Pre-Trial Disposition Conference (PDC).
What Kind of Diversion Programs are Available?
We offer several different Diversion Programs, including programs for:
Domestic Violence, Underage Alcohol Issues, Anger Management, Shoplifting & Theft, Cognitive Skills/Decision Making, Prostitution-related Offenses, and Mental Health-specific cases.
DESCRIPTIONS OF DIFFERENT DIVERSION PROGRAMS AVAILABLE.