Though diversion is often offered on a minor, first time offense, it is not always your best option. In order to participate in diverting your case, you must take responsibility for the action you are charged with, meaning you will be asked to admit guilt and remorse. If you are uncomfortable with this, because you know you did not commit a crime, or are unsure that you are guilty, then hire an attorney and do not automatically sign an agreement of diversion.
If, however, you know you have made a mistake, a mistake you don't want to haunt you down the line, diversion could be a good option for you, depending on the terms. The terms of a program of diversion may require that you complete education, counseling, drug testing or community service. There will also be costs and fees associated with the application for and terms of diversion. These costs will vary by court and case. An attorney can guide you through the process of diversion and help to ensure that you understand everything you are agreeing to.
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If I'm a 16 year old and got caught shoplifting, can I get the offense taken away since I'm a first-time offender?
Depending on the court's policies in your City and State, a Diversion Program may be offered. Again, this will vary by court, but typically you can apply for Diversion on a minor, first time offense - like your theft charge. Diversion may require that you pay a fine, take educational courses, perform community service, submit to drug testing and counseling, etc. If you agree to their terms, and admit guilt and remorse for your action, they may grant you a term of diversion. Once you SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE your term of diversion, the prosecutor will typically dismiss the charges.