The Town of Granville, West Virginia has developed a Theft Diversion Program in conjunction with the Morgantown Area Youth Services Project (MAYSP) as an alternative to criminal prosecution, conviction and sentencing for first time offenders of eligible theft crimes (Shoplifting, Petit Larceny, and Misdemeanor Embezzlement) committed within the Town of Granville, West Virginia. Participation in the Theft Diversion Program is voluntary. However, participation in the Diversion Program has the following benefits:
Your criminal case will be stayed pending your successful completion of the Diversion Program;
The Court will dismiss your criminal case without a guilty finding once you have successfully completed the Diversion Program and complied with the Court’s Order regarding restitution;
Sixty days after the Court dismisses your criminal case, you can petition the Court for an expungement pursuant to West Va. Code §61-11-25 (Expungement of criminal records for those against whom charges have been dismissed).
In accordance with West Va. Code § 61-11-25 (e) upon expungement, the proceedings in the matter shall be deemed never to have occurred. The court and other agencies shall reply to any inquiry that no record exists on the matter. The person whose record is expunged shall not have to disclose the fact of the record or any matter relating thereto on an application for employment, credit or other type of application.
Participation in the Theft Diversion Program requires you to do the following:
Obtain the Court’s permission to participate in the Diversion Program by submitting a Petition to Defer Further Criminal Proceedings in your case (Petition Form Provided).
Schedule an Intake Interview at MAYSP and payment of the Program fee of $250 to MAYSP by credit card or money order, and complete a written Intake Assessment.
Attend and participate in 5 weekly one-hour group-counseling sessions at MAYSP.
Schedule an Exit Interview at MAYSP and complete a written Exit Interview Assessment.
Obtain a MAYSP Completion Letter and submit it to the Court.
Depending upon the specific crime you have been charged with, you may be responsible for restitution in an amount in accordance with the law and the Court’s Order. You must show the Court that you have also met these requirements.
Ask the Court by Motion to Dismiss your criminal case without a finding of guilt. (Motion Form Provided)
You will also be responsible for payment of any court costs incurred in your case.
Sixty days after the Court has dismissed your criminal case, you may petition the Court for an expungement of the record of your case in accordance with West Va. Code §61-11-25.
Morgantown Area Youth Services Project
160 Chancery Row, Suite 4
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304.284.7321 Fax: 304.284.9993
A Youth & Adult Intervention Project
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