The programs share common goals:
- Ensure prompt disposition of low-level felony cases with minimal use of public resources.
- Encourage payment of restitution to crime victims.
- Distinguish between offenders who merit criminal sanctions and those who deserve a second chance.
PRETRIAL DIVERSION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The largest program overseen by this section is known as "Pretrial Diversion." First offenders charged with lower level crimes are given a chance to resolve the case against them without a criminal record.
Who is eligible for Diversion consideration?
In general, defendants with no prior record who are charged with a Diversion-eligible offense.
What cases are considered?
Diversion Placement is available for lower level theft and fraud cases. Diversion is not available for violent crimes and most weapons offenses. Link to the Diversion List for a more detailed description.
What does the program require?
Participants must pay full restitution, perform community service, and report regularly. Diversion participants are also expected to maintain stable residence and employment and to obey the law. Other conditions might include counseling for substance abuse, anger management, or other behavioral health problems; drug screening; GED classes and/or vocational training.
What happens if a Diversion participant violates any of those requirements?
Diversion status is revoked and the case proceeds to trial.
What happens at the end of a participant's term of Diversion?
At the successful conclusion of a participant's term in the program, his/her case is dismissed.