Ohio Pre-Trial Diversion

Ohio Pre-Trial Diversion

Getting arrested for the first time in Ohio can be a scary, confusing, and frustrating experience. A conviction can result in spending a lengthy amount of time behind bars and a criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life.

You may be wondering what your legal options are after posting bail. While you may be able to prove that you are innocent, it is also possible that doing so can prove extremely difficult. However, the state courts understand that many people that are new to the criminal justice system are not repeat offenders.

According to Ohio law, the prosecutor may agree to allow a defendant to enter a pre-trial diversion program, which is similar to probation and lasts up to one year. After a defendant pleads guilty and completes the program, the criminal charges are automatically dismissed and there will be no criminal record.

Pre-trial diversion is available to individuals who are facing a first-time, non-violent crime, such as minor drug possession, petty theft, and white-collar crimes. When it comes to DUIs and serious felonies, they are not eligible for the program.

Some of the common conditions for a pre-trial diversion program include:

  • Regular court hearings and meetings with a probation officer
  • Community service
  • Counseling and/or treatment
  • Fines and restitution
  • Education classes and vocational training
  • Random drug testing
  • Avoid being charged with another crime

Pre-trial diversion needs to be formally requested during the pretrial stages of a criminal case. Failure to successfully complete the program will lead to criminal prosecution.

If you or a loved one has been arrested in Columbus or in the surrounding area, contact Andy Callif Bail Bonds today at (614) 945-4334 to let us bail you out. We are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to help you when you need it.


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