A Diversion Program Could Be the Key to Keep You Out of Jail in California
Any type of criminal conviction can result in far-reaching consequences. You may find trouble getting a job, finding someone to rent a home to you, and other issues. This is why it is so important to prevent having a conviction on your record – and this is why a diversion program may be the right choice for your situation. Keep reading to learn more about the process and then contact us at 310-342-8254 for a free legal consultation.
The Truth About Diversion Programs
Diversion programs give you the option to take part in a program that is designed to treat the issues that led to your arrest in the first place. There are four types of diversion programs:
- Mental health diversion programs
- Drug issue diversion programs
- Programs for juvenile offenders
- Programs for military offenders
In most cases, a diversion program will include treatment sessions and education and will last between six months and a year. If you successfully complete a diversion program and meet all requirements, then your guilty plea will be withdrawn and your case will be dismissed.
Not Everyone Qualifies for Diversion Programs
Remember that just because you have been arrested does not mean you qualify for a diversion program. One of the biggest factors in whether or not you qualify will be the type of crime you are accused of. Diversion programs for mental health reasons and for juveniles are available only for misdemeanor and specific felony violations.
For military offenders or drug diversion programs, only misdemeanor crimes qualify. Any serious or violent crime, any sex crime or a DUI is unlikely to qualify for a diversion program. However, if you do not quality due to the crime you are charged with, it is possible we can negotiate to have the charge reduced. If that reduced charge qualifies for diversion, then you may still have this option available to you.
If you do qualify, there is an enrollment process you must go through. Note a well that even if the prosecution agrees to a diversion program, it is ultimately up to the judge to decide if you should be given this option.
Working with the Right Attorney Can Help You Get Through the Diversion Process
If you want the best chance at getting into a diversion program instead of going to jail or prison, then you should work with an experienced attorney. Get a free legal consultation now by contacting The Mattern Law Firm at 310-342-8254 for a free legal consultation.