In a recent case, Thomas & Paulk recently represented a client who was charged with theft of over $40,000 from his employer; our client was facing a second degree grand theft charge and up to 15 years in state prison. After being retained on the case, we were able to speak to the victim and the Office of the State Attorney about our client making restitution for the theft.
Our client was not eligible for a pretrial diversion program because the charge was a second degree felony. However, after negotiations with the State Attorney they agreed to drop the second degree felony to a third degree felony. The State then agreed to allow our client to enter the pretrial diversion program. At the completion of this program all charges against our client will be dropped.
Many times, people who are charged with a crime may be told that they are not eligible for a diversion program because of the charges they are facing. An experienced attorney may be able to help get the charges changed or reduced so that a client can enter a diversion program. These programs are an excellent way to avoid having a felony conviction on your record and it is imperative if you are facing a felony charge that your attorney explores your ability to enter a diversion program. If you are charged with a crime, please do not hesitate to contact one of the attorneys at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. so that we can explain if you are eligible for pretrial diversion.