When facing any type of criminal charges in Ohio, you need a strong, experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Even in cases in which there is overwhelming evidence against you, we can help you avoid some of the harshest penalties associated with a conviction. Spending time in jail can impact your safety, your relationships with family, and your financial security. Fortunately, there are alternative options available
For first-time offenders charged with non-violent crimes, pretrial diversion programs in Ohio can help you avoid not only jail time, but also the criminal record associated with a conviction. Based on the circumstances surrounding your case, we may be able to convince the prosecuting attorney that you are not likely to commit another offense in the future and negotiate alternative arrangements to avoid going to trial.
The type of pretrial diversion program you enter will depend on where you live and the types of charges you face. It will generally involve the following:
If you fail to adhere to the program, commit another crime, or violate any terms of your agreement, an automatic guilty plea will be entered in your case. As a result, you could face fines, a jail sentence, and a criminal record.
Pretrial diversion is a one-shot deal. Once you go through the program, you are ineligible to use it for any future charges. However, there are some additional alternative sentencing options available if pretrial diversion does not apply or is no longer an option in your case. These include:
Facing a potential criminal conviction and the possibility of a jail sentence is a frightening prospect. At the Van Noy Firm, we provide the professional legal representation you need to protect yourself and your freedom. Contact our Dayton criminal defense lawyers and request a consultation today.
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