Pretrial Diversion Program Online

If you have been arrested and are awaiting trial, you may be eligible for pretrial diversion. Pretrial diversion programs, such as the mental health diversion program at Crownview Telehealth, are usually offered at the discretion of a local county prosecutor’s office or district attorney that allows criminal defendants to avoid jail time and a criminal conviction on their record as long as they complete certain requirements, such as community service or drug rehab in addition to paying court, clerk, and program fees.
The program is designed to provide alternatives to the criminal justice system with education courses, counseling, and treatment from a mental health expert who can do things like diagnose a mental disorder or addiction and make recommendations to address those mental health issues.

Who Is Eligible For a Pre-Trial Diversion Program?

Usually, pretrial diversion programs are designed for people who are facing nonviolent misdemeanors such as illegal consumption of alcohol, petty theft, possession of marijuana, or public intoxication. Certain offenses like felonies or criminal charges that have circumstances surrounding the operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated are not eligible for a pre-trial diversion program.
Each criminal case is handled on a case-by-case basis, and eligibility criteria may include prior criminal history, prior military service, the severity of the offense, and the jurisdiction in which the offense occurred. A defendant must also not suffer from an antisocial personality disorder such as borderline personality disorder or pedophilia.
Military diversion is also available to current and former military members who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, PTSD, or show another mental disorder played a significant role in the commission of their offense. These programs are typically offered by state and local governments, and the terms of the diversion may vary depending on the jurisdiction.

Pre-Trial Diversion: Online Requirements

Requirements for pretrial diversion can range from varying degrees of alcohol and drug education to substance abuse evaluations and the resulting treatment or therapy. In many cases, eligible defendants are ordered to do community service and pay restitution in addition to the successful completion of a pretrial diversion program.
Also, if a person commits another crime within the pretrial diversion period, they are typically ineligible for the program and will have to face the charges and potential penalties for their offense.

How Do I Apply For The Online Mental Health Diversion Program?

There is no application process for a mental health diversion program, arresting agencies such as the police or prosecutor staff will refer an eligible person to the program after seeing citation tickets or a case report.
If you or a loved one has been arrested and is suffering from a mental health disorder, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate the pretrial diversion process.

How Much Does Online Pretrial Diversion Cost?

The costs and fees associated with the online pretrial diversion will vary depending on all the requirements that the defendant is given to complete by the court.
Requirements for diversion programs are usually based on the criminal charges or offense charged, whether the defendant is considered low-risk, and the ability of the defendant to successfully complete all required tasks.

Requirements for diversion programs are usually based on the criminal charges or offense charged, whether the defendant is considered low-risk, and the ability of the defendant to successfully complete all required tasks.

How Long Does a Pretrial Diversion Program Last?

The duration of a pretrial diversion program will vary depending on the severity of the offense, the defendant’s criminal history, and the terms of the pretrial diversion agreement. Generally, pretrial diversion programs last between six months and two years.
If the defendant successfully completes all the requirements of the pretrial diversion program, then the charges against them will be dismissed, and they will not have a criminal record.

What Are the Benefits of a Pretrial Diversion Program?

There are several benefits of pretrial diversion programs:
First, pretrial diversion programs provide defendants with an opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction.
Second, pretrial diversion programs allow defendants to complete a program and have the charges against them dismissed, rather than having a criminal conviction on their record. Third, pretrial diversion programs give defendants the chance to receive treatment for any substance abuse or mental health issues they may be struggling with. Finally, pretrial diversion programs can help defendants avoid jail time and get their life back on track.

What Happens if I Decline Pretrial Diversion and Go to Court Instead?

If you choose to go to court instead of enrolling in a pretrial diversion program, the judge will hear your case. If a defendant pleads not guilty, they will go to trial. If the defendant is found guilty, the judge will decide on a sentence. The sentence could include probation, community service, and/or jail time. You also will have a criminal charge on your record.

Pretrial Diversion Program Online

Even if you aren’t located in the same county as Crownview Telehealth, we can usually still provide our online pretrial diversion program to you.
Simply give us a call to discuss your specific circumstances and we’ll do our best to help you.

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