Nassau County DA's Office creates diversion program for those who commit low level, non-violent crimes
The Nassau County District Attorney's Office is offering those who have committed a lew level, non-violent crime a second chance before the case was to be presented in court.
The pre-arraignment diversion program is run out of the Nassau District Attorney Community Partnership Program in Hempstead. The three-day program will allow you to have your record and arrest sealed if you complete it successfully.
Eligible offenses are criminal possession of a controlled substance, petit larceny, driving with a suspended or revoked license, trespassing and criminal possession of stolen property.
Officials say this is being done to address the backlog in cases - about 8,000 to 10,000 cases have not made their way through the court system due to pandemic shutdowns.
The office says there are 800 to 1,000 lower level crimes now in backlog will be eligible for this program.
Those arrested for low level drug possession will be diverted to the Family and Children's Association for treatment programs and those arrested for other crimes will be directed to the Community Partnership Program.
In about a year or so, new arrests could also be eligible.