I am 18 years old and was charged with 11357b in california. I have no prior drug offences. I would like to get a diversion program to avoid a 1 year license suspension, but cannot afford a lawyer. How can I go about requesting this program? Or will it be automatically offered to me? Thank you
3 Answers from Attorneys
When you go to court, you say to the Judge: Your Honor, I would like D.E.J. (deferred entry of judgement, what diversion is now called). If you are qualified, you'll get it. Good luck.
While Mr. Mandell is technically correct, you may still ask for diversion. In some counties "diversion" and "D. E. J." may be treated differently. You are entitled to be represented by the Public Defender and you may want to talk to them prior to the beginning of court.
You go to court and say "your honor, I would like an attorney appointed to represent me."
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