Los Angeles Diversion
If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime of Los Angeles County, it is important to thoroughly understand your options. A solution may include an Office Hearing, Diversion, or APPS, which could allow for dismissal.
Los Angeles Diversion Attorney George Kita emphasizes early intervention and exploration of court alternatives for clients. His background includes more than 20 years in criminal law, as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, evaluating cases for reasonable alternatives.
Misdemeanor Diversion Has Been Approved in Los Angeles County
Penal Code section 1001.94 dramatically changes Diversion Law, and applies only in LA County Courts. Eligibility is generally 1st evaluated by the Prosecutor. If the Prosecutor does not find eligiblity, a second level of review will be handled by a judge, if a motion is made to do so.
Program Requirements- Are You Eligible?
1. Independent judicial evaluation/motion to determine initial eligibility;
2. If approved, a plea of guilty or no contest must be entered. Court-ordered requirements must be successfully completed: i.e., counseling/community service/restitution/fees/etc;
3. Dismissal upon successful completion/Arrest is deemed to have not occurred.
Factors for eligibility and suitability are evaluated pursuant to Penal Code section 1001.98, and generally model existing programs in Los Angeles County.
Suitability factors considered include: facts of your case, positive character traits, employment history, academic achievement, character letters, and lack of serious previous criminal history.
You can read about some of these factors at: Los Angeles Diversion Attorney.
Eligible for Diversion or Other Alternative? Learn about possible solutions. Call George Kita, at 213-400-5355!
*Outcomes of criminal cases are always unique to particular law/facts.