Diversion is the process of having a criminal charge removed from a client’s permanent record. Where I practice in Tennessee there are two types of diversion: judicial and pre-trial. Pre-trial diversion is also known as Attorney General diversion, because the A.G. (also called the D.A. or the prosecutor) has the sole power to grant it….

In Tennessee, shoplifting is formally called Theft of Property $500 or less. Theft in Tennessee is graded by dollar amounts–$500, $1000, $10,000, and anything over $10,000. Theft $500 or less is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.  If a client is charged with shoplifting it is of…

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