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Criminal Law Vocabulary

Diversion

Sometimes the Crown may agree to allow the accused person to deal with the criminal charges by way of diversion. Diversion may involve a charitable donation, community service hours, or some other arrangement where accused person is asked to do something in exchange for a withdrawal of the criminal charges. Although by agreeing to diversion the accused person informally accepts some responsibility for the wrongdoing, when diversion is successfully completed, the accused person is neither found guilty nor convicted of the criminal charge. Once the accused provides sufficient proof that the diversion has been completed, the Crown will ask the Court to withdraw or stay the charges.

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Toronto, Ontario
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