Diversion Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Diversion, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Diversion?

n. A system for providing first-time offenders in lesser crimes the ability to perform community service, repay for damage due to the crime, obtain alcohol or drug treatment or counseling. The charges may be dismissed if the defendant cooperates and the diversion is successful. Typically, a diversion will not be granted for second offenses.