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If I Agree To An ACD In A Domestic Violence Case, Can I Still Enlist In The Military?

An ACD, or Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, does not result in a conviction on your record. That said, the Armed Forces have their own laws and regulations when it comes to criminal procedure, and often don’t adhere to the same standards as the state of New York.

While a successfully completed ACD is unlikely to keep you out of the military, you may have additional administrative approvals and waivers you’ll have to request at the time of enlistment.

The real issue you’re weighing is probably whether you should accept an ACD or fight a domestic violence charge in the hope of winning in court.

You should consider the possible outcomes of each. If you decline the ACD and fight the charge, you run the risk of being convicted of a domestic violence crime, which can ban you from gun possession for life and keep you out of the military.

If you accept the ACD and successfully complete it, you will at worst have an “adverse disposition” in the eyes of the military, which is routinely addressed on your way to enlistment and your career.

Let the Queens criminal defense attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino help you navigate your legal issues and have the military career you’ve always dreamed of. Call us today at 718-599-1111 for a free consultation.