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Diversion programs are a way for defendants/offenders to avoid a conviction.
The programs are focused on first-time offenders charged with non-violent misdemeanors or low-level felonies.
DIVERSION PROGRAMS OFTEN COME WITH HEAVY PROBATION REQUIREMENTS. HOWEVER, WHEN THE ALTERNATIVE IS A CRIMINAL CONVICTION, THE POSITIVES GREATLY OUTWEIGH THE NEGATIVES.
MICHIGAN DIVERSION PROGRAMS
The State of Michigan offers diversion programs that allow certain offenders to keep a criminal conviction off their public record. While the conditions of diversion programs vary from court to court, generally, all diversions include fines/costs, probation and community service.
There are no diversion programs for most traffic offenses, capital offenses (life-maximum) and serious/violent felonies.
Several of Michigan’s diversion programs are listed below. To determine if there are any options available to you, consult with a knowledgeable attorney who has experience in getting clients into diversion programs.
H.Y.T.A. (Holmes Youthful Trainee Act)
A diversion program for individuals between the ages of 18-26 who plead guilty to certain charges. Drunk driving and certain other offenses do not qualify. Cases are shielded from public view and dismissed upon successful completion of probation.
MCL 769.4a DV Domestic Violence Diversion
The Domestic Violence Diversion is for first-time domestic violence offenders. After the individual pleads guilty, he or she is sentenced to probation. After successfully completing the terms of probation, the charges are dismissed.
MCL 333.7411 Drug Crime Diversion
Drug crime diversion only applies to certain drug crimes. If the drug crime you are charged with makes you ineligible for diversion, an experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to dismiss the original charge and recharge you with an offense where a diversion program would be available.
Who is Eligible for a Diversion Program?
There are many diversion programs that exist in Michigan. Without an experienced criminal defense attorney you may never know if you are eligible for a diversion program. Prosecutors rarely volunteer this information. Their job is to convict you and quickly move on to their next case. When selecting an attorney to represent you, chose one that has a full understanding of these programs and who has experience in getting their clients into diversion programs.
About Metro Detroit Criminal Defense Attorney Carl Jordan
Carl Jordan believes that one poor decision shouldn’t ruin your life forever. He understands that your future is at stake and passionately advocates for his client’s rights and fights for them to obtain the best possible result – which includes diversion programs, if applicable.
Carl Jordan is a former Michigan and Wisconsin assistant prosecutor. He will take the time and expend the effort to negotiate the best possible resolution in every client's case. His comprehensive knowledge allows him to aggressively and effectively fight for you. Call Attorney Jordan at 248 358-6647 for a free consultation and he will find a way to help you.