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Diversion and first-offender programs give defendants a way to avoid criminal convictions.
A "first offender" program is a way for some defendants to avoid the full effects of criminal prosecution. It's a type of diversion, often for those who have no previous criminal record.
Can I settle a criminal case with money?
Criminal cases aren't like civil lawsuits for money. In civil cases, the parties have more control over the proceedings. Whereas, in criminal cases, the government prosecutor is in charge.