What Is the Difference between Pre-Trial Diversion and Judicial Diversion in Tennessee?

Being arrested and charged with a criminal offense is a frightening experience for most people – particularly if you have never been in trouble with the law before. In today’s world, a conviction for even a relatively minor offense can have far reaching and long lasting repercussions, making it even more important to try and avoid a conviction whenever possible. One option may be to enter into a diversion program if your arrest was in the State of Tennessee. Understanding the difference between pre-trial diversion and judicial diversion is important if you are considering diversion as an option. Diversion programs have become popular across the country as a way to avoid permanently marking defendants as convicts when they really do not deserve such a designation. Unless a conviction is sealed or expunged it will remain on your permanent criminal history record for life. The impact of a criminal record can be far reaching and may include loss of employment opportunities, disqualifi


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