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The Diversion Process

Once the client is determined competent, his or her program enrollment would occur at the point of a Court ordered Plea agreement

Once the client is determined competent, his or her program enrollment would occur at the point of a Court ordered Plea agreement, including the following five components:

In some instances, the client will be facing a mandatory sentence of incarceration based upon the level of his or her felony charge or because of prior felony convictions.

Intake of such cases will require the district attorney to reduce the charge to which the client pleads guilty to one for which a non-custodial sentence is legally permissible.

In the alternative, if the district attorney is unwilling to reduce the charge(s) at the intake or plea stage prior to seeing how the client will participate in Hope House’s services, intake will require an agreement by the district attorney, on the record, that upon successful program completion, the client will be able to withdraw his plea to the felony requiring mandatory incarceration and enter a plea either to a felony that allows imposition of a non-prison sentence or to a misdemeanor, should dismissal of all charges not be deemed appropriate.