Diversion Programs

What is a Diversion?

Diversion is a Stay of Prosecution where the offender acknowledges responsibility for their actions, stipulates to police reports and completes certain conditions over a two year period.  They can be offered to most first time offenders and in some Domestic Violence cases.  When offered on a Domestic Violence offense, in most cases, required conditions involves attendance at a Domestic Violence Treatment Program.

If all conditions are met, and there are no further law violations,  the charges are dismissed with prejudice at the end of the two year period.

Each case is referred and considered on a case by case basis. The first step is to speak to the prosecutor about your case if you are not represented by Counsel.

If you have an attorney, ask them to find out if you are eligible for this process.  

The City of Vancouver reserves the right to accept or reject any candidate for Diversion.  

 What does the prosecutor consider before offering Diversion?
  • While each offender is considered on a case by case basis, the following criteria are considered:
  • Whether this is a first offense
  • Nature and Level of crime
  • Whether violence was involved
  • Whether restitution may be necessary
  • Offender is willing and able to stipulate to the facts contained in the police report
  • Whether there are programs available which will help ensure offender does not repeat offense in the future
  • Offender agrees to follow conditions contained in the stay of prosecution
  • Offender must agree to waive statutory and constitutional rights to speedy trial, and jury trial
  • Offender must agree to remain law abiding for period of the Stay  
What are some of the conditions I may have to agree to? 
  • Not to commit any law violations
  • Report in writing or in person to a Diversion Counselor as directed;
  • Not change residence address without notification to Diversion Counselor;
  • Pay any administrative fees, restitution and or program fees;
  • Follow any written conditions contained in the Stay of Prosecution order;
  • Complete Domestic Violence Treatment;
  • Obtain an evaluation if indicated and follow treatment recommendations;
  • Abide by any no contact orders or agreements;
How can I be terminated from the program?
  • By not following terms and conditions contained in the stay order
  • By committing new crimes
  • By not completing evaluation or treatment requirements
  • By moving without notifying my Diversion Counselor
  • By failing to pay the administrative fees
  • By failing to meet court imposed conditions  
What are some of the conditions I may be required to participate in and successfully complete?  
  • Petty Theft Classes
  • General Offender Classes
  • Have no contact with the victim of the crime
  • Pay restitution
  • Traffic Education classes
  • Domestic Violence Treatment Program
  • Anger Management Classes
  • Alcohol and/or Substance Abuse Evaluation and treatment
  • Mental Health Evaluation
  • Parenting Classes
  • Compliance with no contact orders, protection orders, and court orders
  • Pay restitution to victims
  • Not possess weapons or firearms
  • Pay administrative fees
  • Meet in person with a Diversion Counselor on a monthly basis, and/or send in written reports
  • Commit no criminal offenses during the period of Diversion