More and more courthouses in our area of Ohio are creating or refining what are generally called "diversion programs." These programs (which can go by many names and use a number of different letters) are mainly designed for people who generally have no criminal record ("first offenders") and who have committed a type of offense that is eligible for diversion (some specific offenses are not eligible for diversion).
A diversion program generally requires that the offender plead guilty to the charge (for the time being) and complete a probation-like program with such things as restitution, drug testing and community service. After successful completion of the diversion program, the case is dismissed - and some diversion programs actually include a free "expungement" element to them as well. Sort of like a mulligan in golf.
We have obtained diversion for many of our clients.