February 5, 2021 By Paul Wallin

AB3234 Provides Those Accused of Many Misdemeanors A New Diversion Option To Avoid Jail And A Criminal Record

With the pandemic surging in numbers, coronavirus is still a concern in California prisons. The state’s justice system has implemented several protocols in response. One such response is the passing of AB 3234. Beginning January 1, 2021, California will now be able to take steps to ease overcrowding while expanding opportunities for second chances for defendants.

On September 30, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 3234. AB 3234  gives judges the ability to place first-time misdemeanor offenders in a diversion program.

AB 3234 builds off a successful diversion pilot program in Los Angeles County that has decreased the number of jury trials by more than 2,000 over a two-year period. Rather than being convicted for a misdemeanor, potentially having to serve jail time, paying a fine, and having a criminal record, AB 3234 will give first-time offenders an opportunity to fulfill the terms and conditions of a diversion program. At the end of this program, defendants who successfully complete all conditions will have the charges dropped and the arrest taken off their criminal record, effectively making it appear as if the arrest had never occurred.



If you or someone you know has been charged with a  misdemeanor offense you should call our law firm. Wallin & Klarich’s experienced criminal defense attorneys will do everything they can to fight for you and walk you through the court process. With over 40 years of experience defending persons facing federal and state criminal charges, we have the legal experience and commitment to help you obtain the best result possible in your case.

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AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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