Occasionally a defendant who faces a minor charge is offered a pre-trial diversion program. If such an offer is made in your case, it is important to weigh the advantages against the disadvantages before accepting. A Sugar Land criminal defense attorney can help you make a reasoned choice that is most appropriate for your circumstances.
How a Pre-Trial Diversion Program Works
A diversion program of this sort generally involves adjourning your trial for a period of time—in most cases a year—during which you are expected to abide by certain conditions prescribed by the court. Usually this entails entering a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program and/or paying of restitution. Once you successfully complete the conditions, the charges against you are dismissed.
Weighing the Options
Such a program is a great boon to many offenders, particularly if the case against you is strong. Not only do you avoid potential jail time, but you walk away without a criminal record. However, this is not always the best option.
Your Sugar Land criminal defense attorney will discuss the offer with you and together you can decide how to proceed. Keep in mind, though, that pre-trial diversion programs are generally one-time deals. In other words, if you take this opportunity, then fail, or are arrested and charged again later, you have used up your one chance. Also, if the prosecution's case against you is weak, you may be better off simply going to trial. Assuming you are likely to be acquitted, this will save you the time and trouble of completing the program.
Sometimes prosecutors will offer a defendant facing minor charges a pre-trial diversion program. Sugar Land criminal defense attorney John Venza will help you decide if this is right for you. Call 281-971-5660.