I’ve Never Been in Trouble Before
A client charged with his first offense may be eligible for participation in the
pre-trial diversion program. The State Attorney’s Office has established
pre-trial diversion programs as an alternative to formal prosecution. Criteria
for these programs are strict, and acceptance depends upon the approval of the
victim, arresting officer, prosecutor and judge. If the client agrees to enter
the diversion program, the client will have to give up his right to a speedy
trial and may be required to attend classes, perform community service, pay
restitution, or meet other conditions. Upon successful completion, the
prosecutor dismisses the charges. If the client does not complete the program,
the case will be returned to court for trial.
Clients charged with felony possession and/or purchase of a controlled
substance, may be eligible for the Drug Court diversion program. To view the
drug court program description, click here.
The Advocate Program is the private provider that supervises all misdemeanor
diversion and probation cases. When a judge diverts or sentences a client, the
program counselors ensure compliance with the judge’s order. The Advocate
Program offers classes and group counseling in values clarification, shoplifting
prevention, anger control management (conflict resolution), substance abuse,
parenting and weapons safety. A client may be charged up to $150 for a six-month
supervision period, depending on his ability to pay.
The Drive Legal Program is a pre-trial diversion program for drivers with a
suspended license who failed to appear in court or pay a fine. The clerk’s
office screens all Driving While License Suspended citations for qualification
for this diversion program. Eligible candidates are required to appear before a
magistrate at a night report calendar. If the person accepts the conditions of
the program and successfully completes it, the case(s) may be dismissed. For a
description of the criminal traffic case process,
For more information about driver's license
etc. click here.