When I got arrested for transporting alcohol as a minor I did not think it was going to be anything to really be worried about; but that was until I went to court. When I got to court, I had to speak to the prosecuting attorney where I was given me the choice of paying a $500 fine and lose my license or take the diversion program for 6 months. I obviously took the diversion program plea bargain. I knew it would be cheaper to do the diversion instead of paying that fine and also losing my license would have been a huge hardship.
After a while of going to diversion it became habit. I actually enjoyed going to meet with Dawn to talk about things that were going on in my life. I met with her every two weeks until I told her my situation with driving back and forth from Portland to Brentwood. It was really hard financially to do that. I was so relieved when she told me I could come every three weeks.
It was nice being able to talk to someone about what was going on in my life even if it was bad stuff. It was also nice that if I told her something, she would give me her opinion of what I was talking about. I knew I could trust you with anything I said as long as it didn’t jeopardize my safety or someone else’s. I found it really easy to talk to her.
During the diversion program Dawn had asked me if I could take a drug test and I told her that I was around people that were partaking in smoking marijuana and that it might show up on the test. She was very understanding and she gave me some good advice. I learned then that if I was around people who were doing that kind of stuff to ask them to not do it around me or to just not be around it. I knew it was the right thing to do, so I made it a point to not be around it and it was for the best. I still hang out with my friends but they had enough courtesy to not do it around me.