“I was wrongly convicted of murder. I spent nearly 17 years in prison fighting my case. When I finally won a new trial, I chose Greg Robey to be a part of my defense team. He found an FBI agent who had worked on the case in the 1980s, along with critical pieces of evidence that we thought were long lost. After a long and very hard-fought trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I owe my freedom to Greg Robey and my defense team.” -R.R., Ravenna, Ohio
Drug-related convictions account for a large percentage of criminal cases in Ohio. The drug diversion program was implemented to help decrease the caseload in criminal court by giving certain first-time offenders a “Get Out of Jail Free” card. More accurately, the diversion program offers a “Stay Out of the Criminal Justice System if You Meet Certain Obligations” card.
Typically, eligibility for a diversion program includes the following:
Pursuant to this last point, participants in the diversion program are required to enter a guilty plea and waive the right to a trial. If they successfully fulfill all the obligations required by the court, the drug charges will be dropped. These obligations may include attendance in a drug treatment or education class, community service and random drug testing.
Participants must also agree to pay a fee to help cover the cost of supervision services, usually set at $150. They may also be asked to pay for drug treatment classes, drug testing and related court expenses.
Ohio prosecutors are encouraged to steer good candidates into diversion programs to free up the trial docket, but they can also use their discretion to deny this opportunity to a defendant. This is why it is so important to have a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at your side, defending your legal rights and presenting your side of the story in a fair manner. Experienced attorneys can assess whether you are eligible for a drug diversion program, and if so, they will take all necessary steps to ensure you get this chance to keep a drug charge off your record.