1/1/2018 As of January 1, 2018, California will offer a pretrial diversion program to qualifying defendants charged with minor drug offenses. See AB 2082 (2017) (Eggman), amending California Penal Code Ā§ 1000 et seq.
In this process, defendants will be permitted to plead “not guilty” before they are diverted to a drug education program. If they successfully complete this and other requirements within 12 – 18 months (or more, if they request and are granted more time), then the drug charge/s will be dropped and they will have no conviction from the incident for immigration purposes or any other purpose.

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