Facing criminal charges is scary. No one wants to be convicted of a crime. Many times a person might find themselves charged with a crime when that person has led a crime-free life for decades.
Often times these offenses are the result of a poor decision or related to alcohol or drug use, and not the result of criminal thinking or behavior.
Some counties have recognized that not every person charged with a crime should be convicted of a crime. Eau Claire County has responded to this idea by creating the pre-charge Diversion program.