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The DA Is Offering To Let Me Plead Guilty To A Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charge, With The Possibility Of Vacating It Later So I Can Plead To Disorderly Conduct Instead. Is This Normal?

What you’re being offered is known as a “conditional plea” – a plea that the court can hold you to if you screw up during the next year, but which the court will be willing to drop if you meet a lot of requirements and don’t get in trouble.

If you meet the terms of your conditional plea, you’ll ultimately be allowed to plead to a non-criminal offense, and your record going forward will be clear.

Conditional pleas are a common approach to relatively minor crimes where the court believes the defendant can best achieve rehabilitation and address the problematic conduct outside of jail.

You’ll most likely be expected to participate in counseling of some sort, and orders of protection may stay in place for a long time to come, but you won’t have a criminal record if you meet the terms of the conditional plea, which is quite an advantage to your future.

The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can ensure that you are fully informed about your options, and can represent your interests in negotiations with the district attorney.

Don’t take chances with your future. Call us today at 718-599-1111.