New Haven Pre-Trial Diversionary Program Lawyer 

When someone is charged with a crime, they will probably experience fear and stress on two levels. One is the immediate panic of what to do next, what the punishment for the charges will be if they are convicted, whether to hire a lawyer, and other pressing concerns. Longer term, there is also the fear of how a possible criminal record could impact their future, like when looking for a job. Fortunately, for many people facing criminal charges, there are programs that can help them handle their criminal charges and have the chance at a clean slate.

There are many pre-trial diversionary programs (meaning a program that diverts, or turns a person away from, the traditional path of being charged, convicted, and sentenced), with many different requirements for qualification and successful program completion. Failing to complete the requirements of a pre-trial diversionary program can have serious consequences. Contact a New Haven pre-trial diversionary program lawyer for information on these programs, and guidance for successful completion. Consult with a professional attorney today.

Different Types of Pre-Trial Diversionary Programs in Connecticut

Governments usually pass laws offering pre-trial diversionary programs because they want people to get help, such as drug treatment, and rehabilitate themselves to society, rather than just to punish people and make their circumstances more difficult with a criminal conviction.

Pre-trial diversionary programs in New Haven, successfully completed, usually have the effect of dismissing the criminal charges and removing them from a person’s record. All of the programs below result in dismissal of charges if successfully completed:

  • Suspended Drug and Alcohol Dependence Treatment: If the person charged is dependent on drugs or alcohol, they can participate in a yearlong program of treatment and have the charges dismissed. If someone is charged with a DUI or second-degree assault with a motor vehicle they will not qualify for this program. A person cannot use this program more than twice.
  • Pre-Trial Family Violence Education Program: If someone is charged with a crime of family violence (other than most felonies), they can participate in an education program on family violence. This program can be used once.
  • Accelerated Rehabilitation Program: This is a broad program for someone charged with a less serious crime or motor vehicle violation (excluding many felonies, family violence crimes, crimes causing serious injuries, et cetera), in which one can spend up to two years under supervision. Qualified persons can use this program once (veterans can use it twice) and must not have any prior convictions other than non-serious motor vehicle violations.
  • Pre-Trial Alcohol Education Program: For someone convicted of a DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol), they can participate in an alcohol education program and other requirements to have the charges dismissed. A person can use the program once every 10 years and must have a prior conviction of DUI (or crimes similar to DUI) on their record.

It is important to understand that there may be certain exclusions and exceptions to qualification for a diversionary program. The programs have fees that an individual will most likely be required to pay. Failing to complete the requirements of a program can lead to a criminal conviction.

A New Haven Pre-Trial Diversionary Programs Attorney

A criminal lawyer who understands pre-trial diversionary programs and the criminal process can guide you on whether a pre-trial diversionary program is a fit for you, and provide information on how to navigate successful completion of a program. The stakes are high, find a New Haven pre-trial diversionary program lawyer to help.