Diversion in Vermont

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Diversion is an alternative justice process offered by a prosecutor to a defendant instead of the traditional criminal court process. 

Diversion is optional. A defendant is never required to complete to diversion in Vermont. A defendant may choose to fight his or her case in the traditional criminal justice system instead of completing diversion. You can read about diversion in Vermont on the Vermont Court Diversion website.

What are the benefits of Diversion?

Diversion allows defendants to resolve their cases outside of court. The diversion process is often cheaper and faster than the traditional criminal court process. If a defendant successfully completes diversion they won’t risk having a criminal conviction on his or her record. Two years after the successful completion of diversion, if the defendant has not received new charges, the charge that the defendant received diversion for will be expunged.

What is the downside to Diversion in Vermont?

Defendants who choose to resolve their cases in diversion must take responsibility for their criminal actions. They are not required to plead guilty before a traditional court, nor is a guilty plea recorded anywhere, but they must take responsibility for the criminal act that resulted in the diversion referral. If a defendant denies responsibility for the criminal act his or her case will be referred back to criminal court for an arraignment. The traditional criminal court process will move forward from there. 

Diversion is not available for all criminal charges. If you have been cited to criminal court in Vermont and want to know if you might be eligible to resolve your case through diversion, please contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Burke Law today.

Jessica Burke

Jessica Burke is a licensed Vermont attorney and the founder of Burke Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Boston College in Political Science, and then received her law degree from Washington & Lee Law School. After law school she worked with several top law firms before settling in Vermont and building her own practice. In addition to being licensed to practice law in the state of Vermont, she also holds a State Bar certification in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, among others. She specializes in criminal defense, including DUI defense, homicides, and sex crimes.

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