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What are drug diversion programs?

Many of our readers may have heard of drug diversion programs and wondered what they are and how they might help when an individual has been accused of a crime. In some circumstances, Georgia residents who are accused of crimes may qualify to have the charges against them dismissed if they complete certain agreed upon conditions. When the accused individual completes the required conditions, the prosecutor will dismiss the charges. There are different terms used in the criminal justice process to describe deferred prosecution, which may be used in a variety of circumstances, and drug diversion programs is one of them.

Drug diversion programs allow the accused individual a period of time for rehabilitation and an opportunity to demonstrate responsibility, allowing the charges against them to be dismissed. Requirements placed on the accused individual typically include counseling, community service and probation, and require them to demonstrate good behavior during the deferment period. There are different types of deferred prosecution that may or may not require the accused individual to plead guilty as part of participating, so it is important to thoroughly understand the different options being offered and which type you may be participating in. Failing to meet the conditions of a drug diversion program can remove the accused individual from the program.

In some circumstances, a drug diversion program for drug accusations and charges may allow an accused individual to avoid being convicted of a crime and may also allow them to avoid stiff penalties associated with a conviction for a drug crime. It is important when facing drug charges to be familiar with the criminal justice system, criminal defense rights and how to utilize that understanding to effectively negotiate the best outcome possible.

Source:, "Deferred Adjudication / Pretrial Diversion," Accessed Oct. 25, 2016

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