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Definition - What does Diversion mean?

Diversion is a court ordered program that may allow the offender to avoid a DUI conviction in exchange for meeting other diversion requirements. DUI diversion programs may be offered in certain states to drivers who have not been convicted of a DUI and who have not caused an accident which has resulted in death or personal injury.

Diversion programs may allow the offender to pay a fine, attend a specific alcohol and drug safety course and agree to avoid alcohol or drugs in the future. Completion of the diversion program may allow the DUI charges to be dismissed, without the defendant having to win their DUI case. Offenders who fail to complete the requirements of the diversion program will have to fight the DUI charges in court after the criminal case is reinstated against them. Diversion programs have become less popular but still exist in certain districts.

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  • Alcohol Courses -- geared for specific offenders such as high school age and college age offenders. Both, prevention and intervention, courses are offered.

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