Have you been charged with a crime in Franklin, Massachusetts? This is a stressful, overwhelming situation. If this is your first criminal charge, you likely have no idea what to expect. One option that might be helpful is entering into a diversion program. There are programs for drug charges, driving under the influence and various other criminal charges.
If you are eligible to enter into a diversion program to fight the criminal charge levied against you, make sure you complete it successfully. If you fail to complete the program, you will still face the charge in court. Successful completion of such a program could lead to any of the following outcomes:
- Charges reduced or dropped
- No jail time
- Fewer fees
- No conviction on your record
Diversion programs have helped thousands of people charged with crimes avoid time in jail and avoid having a charge stick to their record. This then helps them obtain employment because they won't have to disclose the issue on the job application since it will not appear on a background check.
You will still most likely have to pay court fees and fines, but they could very well be much less than the ones levied if you were convicted of the crime. Take a look at your criminal past and have your attorney look into eligibility for a diversion program.
Mounting a criminal defense case is never easy. You should always defend your rights with the help of an experienced attorney. Find out if a diversion program will work for the charges levied against you before moving forward with entering a plea.