How Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help You with Pretrial Diversion?
A criminal defense lawyer who practices in the area of your arrest can help you take these critical steps toward completing a diversion program:
- Identifying the right program
- Determining eligibility
- Assisting in timely application
- Filing for expungement
Be sure to find out which services are included in any estimate quoted a criminal defense attorney.
What Are the Benefits of Pretrial Diversion?
When arrested individuals complete diversion programs, they gain the freedom to pursue education and employment opportunities without the stigma of a criminal record. Pretrial diversion aims to address the underlying issues that lead to the criminal behavior, with the goal of taking arrested individuals out of the criminal justice system altogether.
Imprisoning non-violent and low-level offenders is expensive and counter-productive. These people need to stop making criminal decisions. They need to change their habits and lives. Often they need to overcome an addiction.
On local, state, and national levels, the public needs to make it clear to politicians, legislators, and government officials that we expect those programs to grow. Judge Birmingham of the 292nd judicial district court in Dallas County sets aside time every week to invest in young people attending diversion programs. They discuss education, work, and responsibility. There is a fair amount of encouragement and reprimand. There is the expectation that every person in the program can and will do better.
When non-violent offenders are pushed to make better choices, provided the tools to succeed, and given the chance to return to productive lives with a clear criminal history, everyone in society wins.