Client was previously charged with two counts of possession of marijuana and did not have an previous convictions. An easy course of action would have been to utilize the Tennessee diversion program for first offenders to avoid any criminal record. Being aware from 29 years of experience that clients, especially young clients, are likely to encounter other criminal charges, we recommended he retain us rather than accept a pre-trial diversion to keep the charge off of his record. We acquired from the client multiple clean drug screens and obtained a dismissal without use of the diversion. One year later after obtaining a desirable new job, he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, an instrument used to ingest THC wax. The state’s offer was a guilty plea and subsequent criminal record or use of a diversion. Because he had no prior record because the drug possession charges had been dismissed, we were able to once again reach an agreement without a conviction or use of diversion for an offense that may very well be legal within a few years. The end result is a continued clean record and good employment for our client.