Yes, an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal is available for some defendants who are charged with certain misdemeanor domestic violence charges.
If you’re a first offender who can credibly show that punitive steps won’t serve the best interests of justice, the prosecutor and judge may agree that letting you pursue a course of counseling, restitution, and other conditions for a period of time, usually six months to a year, is a better strategy.
Upon successful completion of the terms of the ACD and no additional arrests during the time the court has allowed, your charges will be dismissed and you’ll go forward without a criminal record.
The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help negotiate alternatives like ACD in domestic violence prosecutions.
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