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wats the difference between diversion and probation?
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wats the difference between diversion and probation?


Generally, a diversionary program is one that permits you to go through treatment and other conditions to avoid a conviction. (An example of a diversionary program in Pennsylvania is ARD). Diversionary programs are usually for first-time offenders who do not need incarceration or strict supervision to be rehabilitated.

Probation is where you are convicted of an offense, but rather than going to prison, you are released and subject to supervision. If you violate the terms of your probation, the judge can then sentence you to jail time. Probation is for someone who needs strict supervision to aid in rehabilitation but does not need to be incarcerated.

So, in summary: diversionary programs generally avoid jail time and a conviction while probation is the punishment for a conviction and you may get jail time if you violate the terms of your probation.

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Diversion is when products are sold in "unauthorized" places. For example, all genuine Redken products are sold exclusively in salons. But you might come across a few bottles in your local supermarket, drugstore, online or at a discounter. Salon professional products you find outside of a salon are considered to be "diverted."


For all practical purposes, probation is a sentence ordered by a judge, usually instead of, but sometimes in addition to, serving time in jail. It allows the convicted person to live in the community for a specified period of time, sometimes under the supervision of a probation officer. Technically, some jurisdictions do not consider the grant of probation, but the deferment or "suspension" of sentencing, or the Court may actually sentence the defendant to state prison, but suspend the "execution" (ie, the carrying out) of the sentence, and place the defendant on probation. The real essence of probation is the continued power of the Court over the defendant. Without probation, the defendant might be sentenced to a maximum jail term of one year on a misdemeanor for example. From then on, the defendant's only obligation to the criminal justice system is to serve his year. When he gets out, he is free of all obligations, conditions, and supervision. Courts don't like that, so even if the judge is determined to send the accused to jail, he usually prefers a probationary sentence so that if the defendant misbehaves in any way, he can be re-sentenced and put back in jail. As an example, if on a misdemeanor carrying a maximum of one year in jail, the judge grants probation on the condition that he serves 11 months in jail, the defendant is better off refusing probation and serving the maximum of one year. The judge cannot do any more to him than that. Yes, the defendant has to AGREE to probation.

Hello Stuck. I will give you another ( what I feel is a simpler) version of the two.

Both are supervised probation. With standard probation, you behave, stay out of jail and you maintain your criminal record when completed.

If granted diversion, you are still under supervised probation, but if you complete it, when you are done, your criminal record is expunged ( erased ) so a future employer running a background check will not see it.

I hope this helps and you can find it useful

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