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What is Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (ACD)?

Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, also often referred as ACD, can be offered to a defendant in the interest of justice that could lead to the dismissal of criminal charges. The judge can postpone the case for six months up to a year. As long as the defendant has good behavior and remains out of trouble; the judge could dismiss the case. This is not considered to be probation or could lead to conviction.

Can an ACD from the year 2000 prevent a person from working in the field of Private Security?

This cannot be used to deny a person from receiving a job. The Adjournment will possibly be seen on a person’s background report but an employer cannot use it when determining to hire a person for a job. It is a violation of a person’s civil rights.

What is suggested for a person that received a citation for trespassing and shoplifting?

One should arrive at court on time, dressed appropriately and display mature behavior. Check with the clerk for details on where to meet with the prosecutor. The prosecutor will review the file. The prosecutor may ask the defendant if they want an Adjournment on Contemplation of Dismissal.

How will a person be charged if the judge states they have two violations?

Case Details: one violation was possession of marijuana and the other a driving infraction

If the person has no criminal record; there is a chance it will be a light sentencing from the court system. The first offense for having marijuana possession, if it is under 25 grams, up to a $100 fine with no jail time. The consequences for having a traffic infraction are fines that lead to a maximum of $150 and/or 15 days in jail. It is a chance that the person will not receive jail time for having a minor offense. For a first offense, the person will be offered a fine, put into a program of diversion, or adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. A diversion program is when that person participates in counseling that relates to the person’s charges; rather it is drug related, alcohol, or sexual abuse. Once completely, the case can be dismissed.

Can a person get an ACD in a criminal case, but still fight a family case?

In Family Court, whatever is discussed in there; is not affiliated with what is going on in the criminal case. The defendant in the criminal has an order of protection that prevents other allegations from affecting the decision in the criminal case.

There are people charged with committing crimes every day. Some crimes are small and carry minor offenses. Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal will allow the person to have a chance to start over and stray away from the offense. Experts are here at to help with issues that may be of concern to someone accused of committing a crime.

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