Attorney Michael Riley
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Diversionary Program

Know Your Options

The Supervised Diversionary Program, or “SDP,” is a program designed for defendants with psychiatric disabilities that are accused of committing certain crimes or motor vehicle offenses. Before granting SDP, a judge must find that the defendant has a psychiatric disability that has substantial adverse effects on his or her ability to function and requires care and treatment. Additionally, the judge must find that the charges are not of a serious nature.

If SDP is granted, the defendant will be required to abide by court-ordered conditions, complete mental health treatment, and stay out of trouble for a period, up to two years. If the defendant is compliant, the charges will be dismissed. Some defendants may be able to use SDP multiple times.

SDP is not guaranteed. If a judge denies an SDP application, the State’s Attorney will likely prosecute the defendant. If the program is denied there is a greater chance that the case will result in a criminal record, incarceration, and in some cases, a felony conviction.

A Connecticut criminal defense attorney can offer skill and guidance to any defendant who may be eligible for the Supervised Diversionary Program. A lawyer will walk you through the SDP application process, negotiate with the State’s Attorney on your behalf, and argue your case before a Judge of the Superior Court. An experienced attorney can help you make an effective presentation to the court, and increase your chances of getting the program granted.

Attorney Michael Riley has experience arguing for the Supervised Diversionary Program in a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases. Attorney Riley has experience dealing with a range of mental-health treatment providers, and the court officials responsible for administrating SDP. If you are charged with a crime, and think you may be eligible for SDP, don’t go it alone. Contact Attorney Riley today to schedule a free consultation.

Attorney Michael Riley handles cases from Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, Trumbull, Fairfield, Stratford, Easton, Monroe, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Darien, New Canaan, Greenwich, and other towns throughout New Haven County and Fairfield County.


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