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Basic Diversion Requirements
- You must be a first-time offender and pass a background check, verifying this is your first offense.
- For traffic offenses, you will be required to take and pass a Defensive Driving Class at your expense as a requirement of your traffic diversion program. Also, if you did not provide insurance coverage to the officer at the time you received the citation, you must provide proof of coverage on the date of the offense when appearing in court in order to be eligible for diversion.
- For misdemeanor offenses, you will be placed on diversion for a minimum of one year and your case will be held in abeyance for that period. You will have conditions set by the Prosecutor that you must strictly abide by during the diversion period. This may include random drug screening, anti- theft class, working or being in school full time and any other condition the Prosecutor deems appropriate for you to successfully complete your diversion.
Successful Completion of the Program
If you successfully complete diversion, your case will be dismissed. If it is a traffic case, no points will be reported to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If your case is a misdemeanor, you will be given the additional opportunity to have your case sealed from public record.
Failure to Complete the Program
If you break any of your diversion conditions, you will be terminated from the program and your case will be rescheduled and start over again. Any money paid for the diversion program will be forfeited.
Diversion Program Fees
If the defendant qualifies and is accepted for Diversion, the cost is $150 for Traffic Diversion and $200 for Misdemeanor Diversion. This fee must be paid in full prior to starting the program.