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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2006

    Default civil compromise versus diversion

    (This is King County, WA state)

    The court has sent a letter offering pre-trial diversion. I am to contact a probation officer to find out if I qualify, and if so, I'd be able to skip the court experience, the case will be dismissed on the conditions of the diversion program (probation, counselling, community service, etc).

    ALSO, The shop has agreed to civil compromise. According to the loss prevention officer, I will need to pay restitution and sign a trespass order, write them a letter requesting civil compromise (or get a legal form that lawyers have access to) which they will present to the prosecutor. Assuming the prosecutor agrees (since it is my first offense, the LP thinks it should not be a problem), the shop will send me a letter. This letter I will take to the court date to present to the court, and the shop will say they agree and case dismissed?

    The LP said the difference between the two is that with civil compromise the case is closed right away, with diversion, it is closed after the probation period.

    The probation office said they didn't know anything about civil compromise.

    My questions:
    1. I assume both options will show the same on my record -- an arrest but no conviction? Is this correct?
    2. What do I do with the offer for diversion?
    3. Can the judge still nail me to a board when the shop agrees to civil compromise? Is it still less risk to take the diversion?

    Thank you,

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2006


    I believe civil compromise is better than diversion. First, it happens right away. Second, it sounds better that the case was dismissed because the prosecutor decided not to press charges than the case was dismissed via diversion.

    But either is fine. You are getting a good break! I hope you have learned a good lesson.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Seattle, Wa.


    Answer to #3. No the judge won't pull anything funny on you. If the shop and DA are cool with the compromise that will be the end of it. As far as the probation dept. goes, they WANT to see you go through the program, they charge you for the honor of being on probation and they want the $$$.

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