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.
Call Schlimmer Law, LLC today and schedule a time to discuss your case!