Diversion

Restoring Relationships, Achieving Justice.


The District Attorney’s Office Diversion Program was established in October 1977 and was once only one of two in the entire state of Colorado with an adult and juvenile program. The goal is to reduce recidivism by helping defendants grow, change, and be accountable for their choices through restorative processes. The Diversion Program offers non-violent offenders the opportunity to gain social skills, repay debts, dismiss their cases, and seal and/or expunge their records. Diversion is a counseling alternative to the prosecution of formal charges for juveniles and adults. 

More than 85% of our clients remain crime-free three years after completing the program. Diversion works!

Our Vision: 

We “restore relationships and achieve justice” and ultimately create safer communities by accomplishing our mission of collaborating with victims, offenders, and the community through three foundational principles: 

  1. Culturally and linguistically relevant services
  2. Community restorative justice principles
  3. Evidence-based or proven practices

Services Offered for Participants: 

  1. Evaluation and treatment
  2. Restorative justice circles 
  3. Individual and family therapy 
  4. GED tutoring and testing 
  5. RTD bus passes 
  6. Community service 
  7. Financial restitution 

Services Offered for Victims: 

  1. Financial Restitution 
  2. Restorative justice circles 
  3. Connection to services 
  4. Mediation 

Client services are determined through a detailed risk and needs assessment. Every Diversion Program Agreement consists of five core elements and expectations. 

  1. Regular Diversion meetings with trained counselors
  2. Education and employment 
  3. Behavior expectations so no future criminal activity 
  4. Substance use treatment and standards 
  5. Community restorative justice 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Upon successful completion of Diversion, no further court action will be taken and the charge will be dismissed. The court record may be sealed or expunged.

Typically, each client meets with their client manager twice per month in addition to counseling or other services.

All clients must complete 10-40 hours of meaningful community restitution service with an approved human services agency (food bank, non-profit, places of worship)

Prior moderate criminal history and risk, or owing more restitution than can be paid back to the victim. 

Formal charges may be filed and a summons to appear in court will be mailed. 

The length of time depends on the individual contract and a client's progress, but usually, this is from six to ten months. 

A non-refundable $100 program fee is required in order to apply for Diversion. Reduced fees are available upon request and depending on need. 

We want to hear from you! Please email your feedback about anything regarding your experience with our program, and we will respond promptly. diversionfeedback@da17.state.co.us

Levon Hupfer - Director
lhupfer@da17.state.co.us    

Diversion Office: 12200 N. Pecos St. Suite 300
Westminster, CO 80234
(303) 835-5520

 Diversion Brochure--English

 Diversion Brochure--Spanish

Life Line: Mental Health Support Services Hotline


The "Life Line" connects young people facing mental health challenges with the support and services they need to face life and all its obstacles. The "Life Line" is staffed by licensed mental health professionals who work at the Adams and Broomfield County Youth Diversion program and is sponsored by the District Attorney's Office. Our counselors have more than 40 years of experience helping young people facing mental health challenges and can help to prevent negative coping strategies such as self-harm, or self-medication with drugs or alcohol. 

(303) 835-LIFE (5433) English Brochure Spanish Brochure