What is pre-trial diversion?
Pretrial diversion is an agreement between you and the state attorney’s office that gives you a set of conditions that you have to complete within a set period of time with the understanding that if you do that and you don’t get any new law violations, the state agrees, in writing, to dismiss your case. It’s a great option for certain non-violent, first-time offenses. Even in felony cases, a lot of the times we can use diversion agreements to guarantee a full dismissal of all charges for our clients, and the other upside to that is, if we’re able to get the charge dismissed, that allows us to proceed to what’s called a “record expungement,” which wipes the record of the arrest off the person’s record.
Now, certain charges are not eligible for pretrial diversion. For example, sexually violent offenses in felony court are not eligible. DUI cases in misdemeanor court are not eligible for pretrial diversion. So if you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, and you think that pretrial diversion might be a good option for you, give us a call and let us at least let us tell you whether or not your charge qualifies. Then we can get you in and talk in more detail about your case and what we can do to help you.