JUDICIAL DIVERSION IN TENNESSEE
At Ballard Law, we understand the importance of exploring all available options for our clients who are facing criminal charges and want to keep their records clean. One option that may be available to some individuals is judicial diversion, a special type of probation that allows for the dismissal and expungement of certain criminal charges.
Under Tennessee Code Annotated section 40-35-313, a defendant may be eligible for judicial diversion if they meet certain criteria and if the court grants the diversion request. If granted, the defendant will be placed on probation and, if they successfully complete the probationary period, the charges against them will be dismissed and expunged from their record.
It is important to note, however, that judicial diversion is not available to everyone. If you have previously used judicial diversion or have served time as part of a criminal conviction, you may not be eligible. Additionally, not all charges are eligible for diversion.
That's why it's crucial to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney at Ballard Law who can evaluate your case and determine whether judicial diversion is a viable option for you. Our attorneys can help you weigh the pros and cons of diversion and can provide guidance on whether it's in your best interests to pursue this option. Additionally different jurisdictions grant it differently. While Davidson County may give it out easy, criminal defense attorneys in Franklin and Williamson and Maury Counties know that they may have to fight for it.
Diversion is important because you only get one bite at that apple and you don't want to use it unless you really need to. We've seen too many pro se defendants waste their one-time opportunity for diversion on trivial matters. Don't let that happen to you. Contact Ballard Law today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your criminal case.