diversion
di·ver·sion /də-'vər-zhən, dī-/ n: the act or an instance of diverting: as
a: an unauthorized rerouting or appropriation
diversion of funds
b: suspension of the prosecution of a charge for a period of time during which the defendant participates in a rehabilitation program or makes restitution and after which the charges are dismissed if the rehabilitation or restitution is completed compare probation
di··ver·sion·ary /-'vər-zhə-ˌner-ē, -shə-/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

diversion
index decoy, detour, deviation, digression, enjoyment (pleasure), misappropriation, misusage, treat

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


diversion
In a criminal case, an alternative procedure in which the case is handled outside of the court, instead as part of the normal criminal justice system. A defendant who agrees to be diverted will escape the criminal charges altogether if he successfully completes the rehabilitation program and stays out of trouble for a specified time. Only very minor offenses, typically drug possession cases, are eligible for diversion; and defendants must show that they are good candidates for rehabilitation before being diverted.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


diversion
A turning aside or altering of the natural course or route of a thing. The term is chiefly applied to the unauthorized change or alteration of a water course to the prejudice of a lower riparian, or to the unauthorized use of funds.
A program for the disposition of a criminal charge without a criminal trial; sometimes called operation de nova, intervention, or deferred prosecution.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


diversion
I
A turning aside or altering of the natural course or route of a thing. The term is chiefly applied to the unauthorized change or alteration of a water course to the prejudice of a lower riparian, or to the unauthorized use of funds.
 
A program for the disposition of a criminal charge without a criminal trial; sometimes called operation de nova, intervention, or deferred prosecution.
II The process of removing some minor criminal, traffic, or juvenile cases from the full judicial process, on the condition that the accused undergo some sort of rehabilitation or make restitution for damages.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

diversion
n.
   in criminal procedure, a system for giving a chance for a first- time criminal defendant in lesser crimes to perform community service, make restitution for damage due to the crime, obtain treatment for alcohol or drug problems and/or counselling for antisocial or mentally unstable conduct. If the defendant cooperates and the diversion results in progress, the charges eventually may be dismissed. Usually diversion may not be granted for a second offense.
   See also: probation

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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