Diversion Programs

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.