Understanding The Diversion Court System In Pennsylvania
For a number of years now, Pennsylvania has been on the cutting edge of alternative programs for people accused of crimes. According to the Office of the District Attorney’s website:
In 2012, the Diversion Courts Unit set up a program to help “individuals charged with a crime avoid convictions and collateral consequences that may result from their arrest. The unit is tasked with identifying cases where offenders can be held accountable for their actions through participation in nontrial programming focused on preventing future criminal justice involvement.”
Attorney William D. Thompson, founder of Thompson Law, has a thorough knowledge of the various diversion programs available in Lackawanna County and the processes involved. He can help you through the system to reduce penalties and help you get the resources you need to avoid committing these crimes in the future. Mr. Thompson is a strong advocate who shows respect for and commitment to the people he serves.
Some Diversion Options That May Be Available
Mr. Thompson can help you through Pennsylvania diversion programs that include:
- Drug rehabilitation court programs: There are two main court programs available for nonviolent, first-time offenders of Pennsylvania drug laws: Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) and Drug Treatment Court. Mr. Thompson will help you determine the best process for you and help you through the system to get you the most favorable results possible.
- Juvenile rehabilitation court program: In general, rehabilitation and helping juveniles avoid repeat offenses are more important than punishment in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system. The firm can help you work with the juvenile courts to get your child appropriate help and avoid excessive penalties.
- Mental health rehabilitation court program: There is a mental health competency court for misdemeanors and a mental health court for nonviolent felonies.
- Veterans court program: The veterans court program provides resources and treatment for eligible veterans charged generally with nonviolent crimes.
These are a few of the most important diversion programs offered in Pennsylvania. With thorough knowledge of the entire criminal justice system in the commonwealth, attorney William D. Thompson can help you identify the most favorable approach for your case. If there is a way to keep you out of prison, he will find it.
Contact An Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Do not wait. There might be diversion programs or other alternatives to incarceration available to you. Thompson Law can help you find the right solution. Call at 570-846-2819 or email the firm to schedule your free initial consultation.