Client Arrested For Felony Theft Charges. All Charges Dismissed In Jan 2014
Our client, Mr. Campos, was arrested for a felony theft arrest and he was released on $20,000 bail. Ultimately, the prosecutor charged Mr. Campos with a misdemeanor theft charge. Mr. Campos retained the Kia Law Firm to represent him. On his behalf, we were successful to persuade the court to give Mr. Campos an opportunity to attend some classes and return with proof that he completed them. Over the prosecutor’s objection, the Judge in this case agreed to dismiss the charge against Mr. Campos. Essentially, this is not an expungement. This is a complete dismissal of the charges. Mr. Campos pled guilty to the theft charge, however, a guilty plea alone without being sentenced is beneficial to the Defendant. Since Mr. Campos was never sentenced, he was able to get his case dismissed in what is commonly referred to as “formal diversion”. This is a unique and rare opportunity to get a glimpse of what a formal diversion process is. A client may plead guilty at first, however, upon successful completion of certain terms and conditions, a client can return and have all of the charges dismissed. Unlike an expungement, successful completion of formal diversion leaves no marks on your record. You have never been convicted of any charges, therefore, on any direct application for employment to any state agency or for public licensure, someone who has successfully complied with the terms and conditions of formal diversion can state “no”, to any questions asking if they have been convicted of any misdemeanors. In Mr. Campos’ case, he is now able to obtain his public licensure in his field without any unnecessary roadblocks by the licensing state agency.