Innocent and Facing Charges That Would Have Ruined My Life
An Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal is a way for prosecutors and courts to finish a case without convicting somebody.
Let's say you are charged with petit larceny (shoplifting), and it is your first offense. Most prosecutors and judges aren't looking for ways to convict you and give you a criminal record for the rest of your life, especially if you are doing something productive with your life (i.e., you are in school, or working, or raising kids, etc.).
Instead of going through the process of a trial, the prosecutor may offer to adjourn the case for a period of time (6 or 12 months, depending on the charge), after which it will be automatically dismissed if you fulfilled certain obligations. In other words, they are going to Adjourn (your case) in Contemplation of Dismissal. It's an ACD.
In some cases, the ACD might only be offered if you agree to perform community service or get counseling.
ACD's are not offered in every case, and an experienced attorney will know when - and how - to ask for one. If you are charged with a crime in or near Rochester, NY, call us at (585) 485-0025. The call is free.