People in Tennessee who have been convicted of drug-related charges may either have the option of enrolling in a drug diversion program, or it may be a requirement. But just what is this program, and what should you know about it?
First of all, the National Institute of Justice states that a drug diversion program is a type of sentence that is geared toward rehabilitation rather than punishment, and will also sometimes lessen the charges or even drop them entirely if the program is successfully completed. Drug diversion programs can be varied as well. There isn't just one per state or one type. Diversion programs are intended to suit a variety of needs. They can even be run by a variety of different organizations or departments, such as the police, an outside agency, the district attorney's office, or the court itself.
Each program also has its own requirements. You may need to complete community service hours. It's also possible that you will be put on probation regarding contacting certain people that may be involved in drug-related activities for a certain amount of time. You will also likely need to complete some form of educational program in order to "pass" the diversion program. The educational aspects are designed to help prevent you from committing similar offenses in the future.
This option may be attractive to you if you wish to turn your life around, avoid heavier charges and penalties, or look into alternative sentencing. Just keep in mind that you will have to successfully complete the diversion program in order to reap the benefits and that you may end up with even heavier penalties if you do not complete it.