ST. PAUL -- A state lawmaker charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing for drunken conduct earlier this spring will evade convictions on his record if he successfully completes a court diversion program.
Rep. Matt Grossell was admitted to the program at a hearing in Ramsey County District Court Thursday, according to his attorney, Ryan Garry.
The five-month program requires participants to establish and complete goals outlined and supervised by staff with Project Remand.
Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbook, was arrested on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in St. Paul. He was cited for disorderly conduct and trespassing.
The non-profit organization provides alternatives to detention for adults in the criminal justice system, according to its web site.
Participants must have identifiable problems in need of intervention to be eligible for the program as well as meet several other criteria.
They also have to admit guilt for their conduct, though completion of diversion means they avoid entering a guilty plea in court and having the offense ding their criminal record.
Diversion was the ideal outcome for Grossell, his attorney said.
“Rep. Grossell is pleased that all charges will be completely dismissed in five months and he looks forward to doing public service in his community,” Garry wrote in an email.
Hotel security called St. Paul police about 1 a.m. this past May to the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, which is near the state Capitol, after a report of an intoxicated man acting disorderly in the bar.