Alternatives To Jail: Effective Use Of Diversions From Incarceration
The state of Connecticut provides programs to resolve criminal matters without conviction or jail time. Many of these diversionary programs are designed for first-time offenders. At the Law Offices of Robert B. Muchinsky, LLC, we advocate for the best interests of our clients, including the application of various alternatives to conviction or jail time.
Alcohol Education Program (AEP)
The Alcohol Education Program provides an opportunity for drivers to avoid DUI conviction and the stiff penalties it brings. AEP consists of 10 or 15 classes, as determined by the court. Upon successful completion of the program, the DUI charge is dismissed. Eligibility for AEP depends on the prior record of the offender and whether he or she has taken a similar program in another state.
Family Violence Education Program
The Family Violence Education Program offers useful information to family members and diversion from conviction in domestic violence cases. For information on this program, call our family violence attorney in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Youthful Offender Program is available to 16- and 17-year-old defendants who have not been convicted of a felony and have not used a similar program in the past. In these cases, the youthful defendant may still face incarceration as punishment for his or her offense. The benefit of the Youthful Offender Program is that all cases are heard in a closed courtroom. Records of the case are also closed to the general public. Then, upon reaching 21 years of age without a subsequent felony conviction, all references to the case are removed from all agency files.
Generally, only crimes that are Class D felonies and lower are suitable for Accelerated Rehabilitation. A defendant must be found eligible for the program and then be allowed to enter by a judge. The program usually consists of a period of six months to two years. Upon successful completion of the program, the charge will be dismissed.
Drug Education Program
If you have a previous drug-related conviction but have not used a diversionary program before, you may qualify for the Drug Education Program. A judge has the discretion to allow or not allow a person into the program. It consists of drug education classes and four days of community service. Further, drug treatment can be mandated by the agency that provides the program. As with other diversionary options, successful completion of the program will result in a dismissal of charges.