by Kansas Criminal Defense Lawyer, Vincent Rivera

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when a case settles it's either going to get settled through a plea agreement or through diversion

what diversion is diversion is designed for first-time offenders and it helps keep them the conviction off of your record

so what the difference between diversion and probation is is that probation is after conviction

in other words a judge finds you guilty then he sentences you to probation as opposed to diversion

diversion is an agreement between us and the prosecutor that essentially says hey as long as you do everything you're supposed to during this time we will dismiss the case when you're done

does it sound too good to be true because there is a catch and the catch is that you're giving up your rights when you go on diversion
first off we are waiving our right to have a jury trial

we're waiving your right to contest this in any way shape or form so that would mean no motions to suppress no motions to dismiss and you have to submit a written confession.

The idea is is that again you everything you're supposed to during this period of time the case is dismissed at the end but if you mess up while you're on diversion now we have agreed to use the police reports and your confession and hand those over to the judge and the judge will find you guilty hence a slam dunk conviction on you if you violate diversion.