AMP Diversion Program
The King County Prosecutor’s Office’s (PAO) Adult Misdemeanor Pre-Charging Diversion Program (AMP) is an alternative method of holding low-level offenders accountable for violations of the law. This Diversion Program diverts criminal cases from formal court proceedings during the pre-charging stage - before the case is filed – with the intention of saving judicial, prosecutorial, jail, and defense resources. This Diversion Program is also intended to give offenders the opportunity to accept responsibility for their actions by providing a service to the community. In return, the offender benefits by avoiding the criminal charge on his/her record.
To facilitate this program, the PAO has partnered with the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) Community Correction Division to provide eligible offenders the opportunity to participate in the Community Work Program (“work crew”) as an alternative to traditional criminal prosecution. The program works as follows:
When we receive the case from law enforcement, we send the individual a letter instructing them to contact and sign up with Community Work Crew. The individual is given a period of 60 days to sign up and complete one 8-hour day of Work Crew.
When an individual completes Work Crew, our office will receive notification of their completion. Once Work Crew completion has been verified, and if the defendant does not commit any new criminal charges while the case is pending, then no criminal charges will be filed in King County's District Court and the case will be closed.
However, if for any reason the individual declines to enroll in the program or doesn't complete their diversion obligations, their case will be reviewed for criminal prosecution in District Court and charges will likely be filed. This could result in a misdemeanor criminal conviction, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. This is a great opportunity for enrolled individuals to avoid criminal prosecution for their charge.
If you have any questions regarding the AMP Diversion Program, please contact Armontae J. Greysmith, District Court Diversion Coordinator, either by email or telephone: 206-477-1185.
If you need to schedule your work crew, please contact the program by phone at 206-477-0667 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Once you have received your diversion invitation, you are encouraged to contact Community Work Crew as soon as possible to schedule your day. Learn more information about Community Work Crew.
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