Pleading guilty to a criminal charge may not ever seem like a good path for a person to take. A guilty plea means that a person is admitting that they committed the wrongdoing on which the crime they are charged with is based. However, it certain circumstances Tennessee residents may benefit from using a guilty plea as a means to enter a diversion program to eventually have their allegedly criminal conduct expunged.
A diversion may be sought from the courts. If a person is offered the option of a diversion, then they must agree to the terms and conditions that the court places on them and generally will have to plead guilty to the criminal charges against them. The diversion will last for a stipulated period of time. The length of time the diversion will last depends on the facts of the individual's case. Once the diversion is over and if the individual has satisfied the conditions of the court, then they may seek to have their diverted charges expunged from their criminal record.
Seeking a diversion to pending drug charges may be advantageous to individuals who do not believe that they will be able to overcome their charges at trial. Though following the terms set forth by a court under a diversion plan can be difficult, sticking to them and having one's drug charges expunged can give them a cleaner road to walk as they move into the future.
This post does not offer legal advice or advocate for certain pleas in legal cases. Individuals who are facing drug charges should be aware that Tennessee courts can issue diversions, though, and that they may benefit individuals who wish to preserve their records.