Diversion Program in New Jersey
The New Jersey Diversion program is a probationary program designed for first time offenders.
What is the purpose of a diversion program?The purpose of the program is to allow first time offenders an opportunity to get their lives back on track without having the stigma of a criminal conviction on his or her record. Defendants avoid ordinary prosecution by receiving early rehabilitative services. The program aims to deter future criminal behavior. Once a defendant successfully completes diversionary probation the court will dismiss the charges against the defendant. If the court sentences you to a diversion program, such as Conditional Discharge, Pretrial Intervention, Conditional Dismissal, Juvenile Conference Committee, Intake Service Conference, or a Deferred Disposition, and subsequently dismisses the charges against you, then you may have your arrest expunged 6 months after entry of the dismissal order.
What are the requirements that I must satisfy in order to expunge my record after completing a diversion program?(1) Statute: N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6(b) (2) Waiting Period: If you successfully complete a diversion program you may have your arrest expunged 6 months after entry of the order of dismissal according to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6(b)
Will my record show a conviction if the conviction was dismissed after I completed a diversion program?If the court dismissed your case or you successfully completed a diversion program, your criminal record will not show a conviction for the dismissed offense. However, you are still required to list all of your offenses on your petition for expungement, including any offense the court dismissed due to your participation in a diversion program.