Keller Law Offices have got many clients a diversion on pending charges, which is also known as operation de novo. Operation de novo is a diversion program where the charges against an individual will be dropped after successful completion of a probation period. Often times it is given to individuals who have no prior criminal history. It is also offered in reference to drug possession charges.
When you are on operation de novo, you do not need to list the pending charges on a job application. This is because the charges against you will be dismissed upon completion of the requirements. Some of the requirements will be to keep in contact with the case manager, give urine samples, and have no new charges. In Hennepin County, the drug testing is done via the color wheel. This means that you will need to call every day to see if your color is called. The color will be given out at the first meeting with operation de novo. If your color is called, you will need to come in to give a drug test. Usually if the sample is clear, your color will not be called as frequently. IF you test positive, you will meet with a case manager officer to try to solve the problem. It is possible that the diversion will be taken away and you will have to go back to court. This means that you will now likely be facing a felony and possible jail/prison time. The location for testing will be given to you from your case manager.
What happens at court?
You will meet with an operation de novo officer who will explain the program and who will explain what is required of you, i.e color wheel and remain drug free and law abiding. You will be given an intake date where you will then go meet with a case manager on a different day. You will then go in front of a judge. You will not enter any type of plea, as you are not pleading guilty. You also will be waiving your right to a speedy trial. However, you will not be waiving your right to a trial. If your case comes back in front of the judge, you can still have a trial and the burden of proof is still on the prosecution to prove your case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Operation de novo is a great option if you qualify. This will help many individuals from having a criminal record with a felony on it. A felony makes it very difficult to get employment and obtain housing. You also will be able to get an expungement after the case is dismissed against you. This will seal any charges and arrest records against you. With the new expungement law, judicial and executive branch records may be sealed.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, contact Keller Law Offices. To see if you qualify for operation de novo, contact an experienced Hennepin County criminal defense lawyer. Max Keller is a Hennepin County criminal defense lawyer and his office is just two blocks from the jail and from the court. Max Keller has got many cases dismissed for his clients through a diversion program. Keller Law Offices offers free consultations. Call 952-913-1421 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit the firm’s website at www.kellerlawoffices.com. Max Keller will advocate for you and will try to get the best resolution in your case. A felony is a serious charge with possible jail/prison sentences. Do not wait until you have court to hire an attorney. Hire a Hennepin County criminal lawyer as soon as you have been arrested and before you have been charged.