The Crown can withdraw the charges for a number of reasons, including the realization that there is no reasonable prospect of conviction, or that it isn’t in the public interest to pursue the charges. A withdrawal puts an end to the proceedings and means no criminal record for the person charged.
What is diversion?
Diversion is a method of resolving a case by “diverting” the charges away from the regular trial stream, thereby taking less serious charges out of the courts. Diversion is typically done in exchange for a withdrawal of the charges.
Do I have to admit to anything to enter into diversion?
Normally a diversion program requires that the accused person “accept responsibility” in an informal (and often vague) way for their conduct. It does not in any way require an admission of criminal guilt.
What kinds of things can I be required to do?