If you have a developmental disability and are charged with a criminal offense, the court may let you get treatment and habilitation instead of going to jail.Penal Code section 1001.20 and following. This is called diversion.
Your diversion program can last up to 2 years. If you finish the program as instructed, the court dismisses the charges against you. If not, the court may reinstate the charges.
You are eligible for diversion if:
- Your crime is a misdemeanor or felony, but not a serious felony.
- You have not been in a diversion program in the last two years.
- You have a developmental disability
- You are a regional center client and eligible for services.Penal Code section 1001.21.