New York v V. W.

Client, with an existing rap sheet and having already completed a term of probation, was charged with two counts of felony drug possession, facing up to 12 years in prison. After an uphill battle, and an initial negative decision, we were able ultimately to convince the presiding judge, over loud objection by the DA’s office, to allow my client to enter a diversion program, effectively allowing my client to remain at liberty and engage in treatment. Client avoided prison and was able to obtain treatment for his addiction and is now a productive member of society, is gainfully employed, and has secured primary custody of his young son. Had he not been allowed to participate in the diversion program, client was facing up to 7 years in prison. A thorough review and understanding of the diversion program statute as well as an intimate knowledge of my client’s prior criminal history and particular circumstances of the case allowed us to keep our client away from prison.

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