Are diversion programs only available for minors? 5 Answers as of August 21, 2017

I've been charged with petty theft and it's my first offense.

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Law Office of Jared C. Winter
Law Office of Jared C. Winter | Jared C. Winter
Yes, you will have a lawyer appointed to represent you if you go to court and your lawyer can talk to you about diversion programs. Some counties mail info about diversion to you and make it so you don't even need to go to court. Either way, you should be eligible for a diversion program. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/21/2017
Chambers Law Firm
Chambers Law Firm | Dan E. Chambers
No, they are not limited to minors.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/21/2017
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
Not necessarily. Petty theft is a crime of moral turpitude, and if convicted it will really hurt your school/employment aspirations. You should talk to a lawyer, who may be able to work out a deal with the Judge whereby you can earn yourself a dismissal.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/21/2017
Law Offices of Maltaise Cini | Maltaise Cini
Diversion programs are available for both minors and adults.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/21/2017
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
Some counties have diversion programs for such cases although they are not available statewide. I would consult an attorney before you do anything in court.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/21/2017
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