Knox County District Attorney General - Charme P. Allen

Judicial Diversion (FAQs)

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What is Judicial Diversion? 

  • Judicial Diversion is a type of expungeable probation for eligible offenders who plead guilty.
  • You may be eligible for Judicial Diversion if you have never been convicted of a felony or some types of misdemeanors and if you have never received Diversion before. 
  • The Judge in your case decides whether to grant Judicial Diversion.
  • Some crimes cannot be diverted.
  • You may only receive one Judicial Diversion.

How do I apply for Judicial Diversion? 

  • You or your attorney must submit an application for Judicial Diversion to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).  The TBI charges a $100 fee that you must submit to the TBI directly. 
  • Please visit the TBI Website to submit an application.  TBI’s address is: TBI Headquarters 901 R.S. Gass Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37216.  TBI’s phone number is: 615.744.4000.

What are my requirements if placed on Judicial Diversion? 

  • If the Court places you on Judicial Diversion, then you will be on probation.
  • You will be required to pay court costs in full by the end of your probationary period. 
  • You will be required to maintain good conduct - no new arrests, convictions, or criminal charges during your Judicial Diversion period. 
  • You may be required to participate in alternative sentencing which includes but is not limited to the following:  pay a fine; perform community service; pay restitution to a victim or business; report to a probation officer; undergo treatment and/or counseling; and, stay away from a victim, witness, property, or a business. 

What happens if I do not complete the requirements of Judicial Diversion? 

  • If you violate any requirement of your Judicial Diversion, then you are subject to having your Judicial Diversion revoked and a conviction entered.  You may also be required to serve time in jail.

What happens if I complete the requirements of Judicial Diversion? 

  • If you comply with all requirements of your Judicial Diversion, then the Court will dismiss the diverted charge(s) at the end of your probationary period. 
  • Then you or your attorney can file an Order of Expungement at the Clerk’s Office, which will remove charges from the public criminal record.  (NOTE:  The District Attorneys’ Office will not file the Order of Expungement form for you).  

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