ACD, or Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, gives prosecutors and judges (who must both agree to an ACD) an alternative option to prosecution in certain misdemeanor cases.
If you accept an ACD, you will admit no wrongdoing.
If you stay out of trouble and perhaps fulfill obligations like anger management counseling or restitution, at the end of a six- or twelve- month period, the charges against you will be dismissed and your case will be sealed.
Your criminal record will return to the condition it was in prior to your arrest.
While New York police retain arrest records for their own use, future employers, colleges, and others should not be able to access that information under normal circumstances.
If you’re not sure what to do in a criminal matter and an ACD is on the table, give us a call at 718-599-1111 and talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney for free.