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Will Accepting A Conditional Plea On A Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charge Leave Me With A Criminal Record?

A properly negotiated conditional plea, assuming you meet the requirements, will not leave you with a criminal record.

The purpose of the conditional plea is to allow offenders who show remorse and a strong inclination to change, the opportunity to fulfill counseling, substance abuse treatment, or other “conditions” in a timely manner, and then vacate the guilty plea.

The court then allows you to plea to a non-criminal offense like disorderly conduct.

Disorderly conduct and other non-criminal offenses are “violations,” not crimes, and won’t show up on ordinary background checks.

However, if you want a career in law enforcement or government work, you may have to explain the incident in detail, and it may bar you from certain types of jobs, like federal law enforcement.

A conditional plea on a misdemeanor is generally a positive outcome, but you may have other options.

Call Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-523-1111 for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney today.