Hamblen County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Judicial Diversion in TN

If you are charged with a crime in Morristown, Tennessee or any other community in Hamblen County, then you could face serious penalties for conviction of this crime. In this state, there is one option that is available to some individuals who have been charged with a crime, to erase the criminal record incurred with this conviction after the sentence has been served. If you qualify, then you may be able to go through judicial diversion. A Morristown criminal attorney from The Bowlin Law Firm will be able to help you through this process and help determine if you qualify or not.

Comprehending Judicial Diversion

Judicial diversion is a program that is available for first-time offenders; it offers two very desirable benefits to anyone who is facing criminal charges:

  • If you qualify, you will receive no jail time in your sentence, you will go straight to a probation sentence.
  • The records of this criminal conviction will be destroyed at the end of your probation sentence so they cannot be used in any future proceedings, it will be like the crime never occurred.

The process involves entering a guilty plea, essentially confessing to the crime, you will be sentenced to a probation period of a certain amount of time depending on the crime for which you are charged, no jail time involved. And at the end of this probation period you will go back to the judge that ordered your probation sentence and ask for an expungement of your records.

Who qualifies for judicial diversion?

Judicial diversion is only available to certain people with certain circumstances. First, judicial diversion is not available for individuals who are charged with a class A felony, class B felony, a sex crime, or DUI. Additionally, you must have no prior felony convictions, no class A misdemeanors, you have never had your record expunged before and this is your first judicial diversion. If you are unsure if you qualify for diversion, then you will benefit from the legal assistance of a Morristown criminal defense lawyer at our firm, who will be able to help you determine if you qualify.

Our firm has been serving the residents of Hamblen County, Knox County, Knoxville, and Morristown, TN with various criminal defense matters since 2005 and we are proud of our impressive court record. Our focus is on our clients, their future and their freedom, and we can be trusted to do everything possible to fight back, both in and out of court. We can answer your questions, discuss your options, advise you of the best action for you to take and provide you with the skillful legal assistance that you will need on your side when you choose to work with us.

It is to your advantage to contact our firm as soon as possible to discuss your case, your charges and how our firm can help you.

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