Traffic Diversions last for 6 months, are fairly simple, and are useful for purposes such as preventing insurance rate increases. For more information, download the Minor Traffic Diversion Application & Info Sheet. Traffic diversions are generally only available for minor infractions, such as those that would otherwise be payable out of court.
Diversions are a second-chance opportunity offered by the prosecutor that prevent convictions from going onto the criminal record. Diversions are an agreement with the prosecutor, and if the defendant complies with the terms of the agreement, the charges are dismissed.
Diversions last for 12 months. Standard requirements include:
- Attend an initial meeting with the diversion officer.
- Pay a $200 diversion fee at the initial meeting.
- Personally submit a report form to the court each month.
- Do NOT break the law during the diversion term.
In addition, each diversion agreement contains requirements specific to the charges involved. Common examples include:
- No drugs/alcohol (on charges of DUI, minor w/alcohol, marijuana, etc.)
- No checking account (on charges of passing worthless checks)
- Attend anger management class (on charges of domestic battery)
- Attend shoplifter education class (on charges of theft)
- Pay restitution
Diversion Eligibility: Diversions are generally not available on a second offence of the same or similar crime. Granting a diversion is at the sole discretion of the prosecutor, and various considerations apply.
How to Apply
A completed diversion application must be presented to the prosecutor at the scheduled court date/time. When checking in at the court window, simply alert the clerk to your interest in a diversion and further instruction will be given. To save time on your court day, download and complete the Diversion Application in advance.