I was recently cited for drug paraphernalia, I am a 18 year old first time offender and college student. I have heard of certain diversion programs that would allow the charges to be dropped and even expunged. I was wondering if there was anything I needed to do before I appear in court for my citation?
You will have to complete a TBI Diversion form before the court can order pre-trial diversion. It is a $100 fee. Google "TBI Diversion" and you will find the form. I normally do this a week before the court date so it is current. TBI is fast with the result. The DA and clerk should get copies too - be certain to carry copies with you to court. I also think an attorney is a good idea - too much at stake to risk messing up what should be very simple.
The only thing you will need to do prior to Court is retain an Attorney to represent you on this case. The Attorney will explain the process of applying for Diversion which begins with the online payment of a $100 TBI Application Fee and if you're approved, you will then be placed on probation. You will attend Orientation and then be assigned a Probation Officer for your entire 11 months 29 days of supervised probation. Be aware that there a fees associated with Diversion, which include a $45 monthly supervision fee, and an Expungement fee of about $350 at the end of your successful completion of Diversion. This Expungement fee gets the charge removed from your record. Good Luck!
I would suggest that you get an attorney. Diversion is available for first time offenders, but it is up to the judge's discretion whether to grant the diversion. Also, there may be a more favorable way to have your cased dismissed. A local attorney should be able to discuss any other possibilities and advise you as to what course to take.
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