Le­gal lingo

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -


Refers to di­vert­ing a de­fen­dant out of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem by hav­ing them com­plete a pro­gram rather than be in­car­cer­ated or serve an al­ter­na­tive sen­tence. Crim­i­nal charges are typ­i­cally dropped when a de­fen­dant suc­cess­fully com­pletes a diver­sion pro­gram. The de­fen­dant there­fore avoids the stigma of a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion.

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