In July 1996, Robert A. Fry, the Hancock County Prosecutor, began a Pre-Trial Diversion Program as an alternative to traditional prosecution of certain adult offenders. In May 1998 the Diversion Program began within the Findlay Municipal Court.
Diversion allows appropriate offenders to plead guilty to the charges, which they were indicted on, and be placed into a quasi-probationary period of a specific time tailored to the offender. After successful completion of this time period, the Indictment is dismissed, thus eliminating the offender from having a felony or misdemeanor conviction on their record. Failure to successfully complete the Diversion Program results in the prosecution of the offender.
Statutory authorization for the Diversion Program is found in the Ohio Revised Code Section 2935.36.