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District Attorney Diversion Program

Society's Alternative to Prosecution

The diversion program is intended to give a "second chance" to offenders who commit a relatively minor criminal offense. Most often, cases referred to the program are a misdemeanor level offense, but some felony offenses are suitable for consideration.


Why Offer This Program?

Diversion WrongThe diversion program is intended to give a "second chance" to offenders who commit a relatively minor criminal offense. Most often, cases referred to the program are a misdemeanor level offense, but some felony offenses are suitable for consideration.

We realize people make mistakes, so we offer diversion in an attempt to deter defendants from future criminal and disorderly behaviors. It also serves the courts by reducing the number of less serious cases, in turn creating a more efficient system for judges, juries and taxpayers.

Let it be known: Diversion is a privilege, not a right. There is no guarantee diversion will be granted. The District Attorney holds the right to deny an individual from entry into the program.
Can I Apply?

No. The diversion team will evaluate those eligible cases and will contact you if you fall within the eligibility requirements. Our team will consider whether the defendant demonstrates a genuine sense of remorse and is ready to take responsibility for his or her actions.

What Can Participants Expect?

Diversion is typically a 90-day program in which defendants will be requires to complete certain tasks in order to avoid prosecution. Task include, but are not limited to, community service, educational classes, counseling or research projects, BA/UA monitoring and restorative justice mediations.

In addition, defendants are required to be employed or attending school, avoid unlawful behaviors, abstain from drug and alcohol usage and check in with a diversion officer.

What Happens After Diversion?

Assuming the defendant complied with the requirements of the diversion program, it's a warm-welcome back to society. After the successful completion of the program, the District Attorney's office will drop all charges. Just don't break the law again.

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