How Can I Have My Criminal Charge Dismissed?

Pre-Trial Intervention programs are designed for individuals who have been accused of committing a felony or a misdemeanor. The ASC Pretrial Intervention programs provide an alternative to the three step process of entering a not guilty plea, proceeding to trial, and having a verdict entered by a jury. People who successfully complete the ASC Pretrial Intervention program avoid the risk associated with a jury trial entirely, because the criminal charge pending against them is dismissed. ASC Pretrial Intervention┬╗

What are the Benefits of A Second Chance Pretrial Program?

Clearly, the greatest benefit that is realized in completing a diversion program is having the pending charge against you dismissed. A dismissal of your charge represents a final and permanent outcome. You will not be convicted of the crime with which you were charged. Thereafter, you will be able to truthfully state that you were never convicted. Furthermore, many clients who successfully complete diversion programs are often eligible to have their records expunged. Learn more about Getting Your Criminal Records Sealed or Expunged.┬╗

What Happens if I Violate the Terms of Pre-Trial Intervention (P.T.I.)?

If you violate the Diversion / P.T.I. program contract, (i.e. you get arrested for a new criminal offense) the legal process resets back to the point where it was before you entered the program.

What Does the Program Involve?

Upon acceptance into the program, all court proceedings are suspended. As a result, you will no longer be required to attend any further court hearings. Thereafter, you, your attorney, the prosecutor, and the judge sign a written contract promising the following:

  • You will complete certain terms and conditions appropriate to the nature of the offense charged (i.e., pay restitution in a theft case or get substance abuse counseling in a drug case).
  • You agree not to be arrested or charged with any new offense while participating in the program.
  • The court agrees to dismiss the charge upon your successful completion of the PTI program.