PC 1001.94 Diversion

Los Angeles County Deferral of Sentencing Pilot Program

PC 1001.94 refers to Los Angeles County's newly passed misdemeanor diversion program. Diversion offers certain individuals accused of misdemeanor crimes an alternative to traditional sentencing. Specifically, diversion allows accused individuals to avoid jail terms, traditional penalties, and a criminal record.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a misdemeanor in Los Angeles County, you may be eligible for diversion under PC 1001.94 or other alternative sentencing programs. Our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys are available to review your case free of charge to determine if you qualify.


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How PC 1001.94 Works

Under PC 1001.94, Los Angeles County judges can defer sentencing for individuals charged with misdemeanors for up to 12 months. During this time, judges may order you to comply with various terms or programs based on your situation, such as drug counseling.

As part of diversion, you are expected to:

  • Complete all court-ordered conditions
  • Make full restitution
  • Comply with any court orders or prohibitions

If you comply with all terms of diversion, your arrest and the original charge against you will be dismissed. This means the arrest will be treated as if it never happened.

Are You Eligible for Los Angeles Diversion?

Among other factors, eligibility criteria for PC 1001.94 includes:

  • Your case must be in Los Angeles County. PC 1001.94 applies only in LA County courts.
  • No misdemeanor convictions within the past 10 years,
  • No convictions for misdemeanors involving force or violence.
  • The charge must not involve unlawful use, sale, or transfer of dangerous weapons or minor, elderly, or dependent adult victims.
  • The charge is not a DUI.

It is important to remember that all cases and situations are different, and that the unique facts of your case and your criminal history will influence whether you are eligible for diversion. Our lawyers can better inform you of your eligibility after closely reviewing your case.

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Diversion falls in line with new efforts to reform Los Angeles' criminal justice system by focusing on early intervention and counseling rather than imprisonment and criminal records that can create long-term barriers for convicted individuals. Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP is passionate about exploring all options to protect our clients' freedoms and futures, including programs like PC 1001.94.

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