Should I do Pre-Trial Diversion?
If you are charged with certain crimes, such as shoplifting or even simple possession of marijuana, the prosecution may offer you a pre-trial diversion program. This typically consists of 20-40 hours of community service, a risk reduction course, and fines. The good thing about these programs is that if they are completed successfully, the prosecution will dismiss the charges against you.
Even though pre-trial diversion may seem like a good idea, you should consult an attorney before you agree to it. If you are wrongfully charged with a crime, then you could waste time and money doing a diversion program when an effective criminal lawyer could have beaten the case. Don’t let the prosecution’s promise to dismiss the charges confuse you; this is not the same as beating your charges.
At The Turner Firm, our goal is to help our clients beat their case. Before you sign up for a pre-trial diversion program, give us a call to discuss your options.