Frequently first offenders and certain drug abuse offenses are eligible to avoid pleading guilty or no contest my entering in to a pretrial program which, if completed successfully, will result in dismissal of charges.
Pretrial Diversion is a diversionary program run by the State Attorney's Office and is usually reserved for first time, nonviolent offenders.
Diversion is like probation, only it does not require a person to plead guilty or no contest. Once accepted into the program you must report to a supervising officer, undergo random drug testing, complete community service hours, and not become involved in any other crimes.
If diversion is successfully completed you may have the charges dismissed and your record sealed and or expunged.
Drug Court is an intense judicial driven diversion program created to address the issue of felony drug offenders.
The program allows the court the ability to identify, evaluate, manage, and place substance abusing offenders in the drug court program thereby avoiding prosecution.
The Drug Court Judge reviews progress reports on each participant. Incidents of noncompliance are reported immediately to the Drug Court Judge, along with recommendations as to consequences to be imposed. Failing to comply with the rules and recommendations of drug court will result in removal and further prosecution
If successfully completed the charges will be dismissed.