Conditional pleas are used with growing frequency in domestic violence matters.
If you agree to a conditional plea, then you will plead guilty to misdemeanor menacing, and be ordered to complete counseling through an anger management class or something similar.
Upon completion, the court then vacates your misdemeanor plea and allows you to plead guilty to a non-criminal offense like disorderly conduct or harassment.
It’s a win-win situation, because at the end of the process you’ll have a cleaner record than you would otherwise, and the district attorney can trust that you have taken steps to deal with the underlying issues that got you in trouble to begin with.
But be warned, if you fail to complete the counseling sessions, you’ll find yourself in jail on the menacing charge that you pled guilty to.
Understand your options when facing domestic violence charges in New York.
Call the criminal defense attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-599-1111 for a free consultation.