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What Is an ACD?

One of the possible settlements on a criminal case is called an ACD or an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal. However, many people are never explained what this disposition actually means. An ACD means that a case will be adjourned for a period of time that is set by the court. This is usually a six month or one year's time period.

Should the Defendant not have any further issues with the criminal justice system during the established time period the Court will automatically dismiss the pending charges. However, if the Defendant violates the terms of the ACD, usually by being charged with additional crimes or violations, then not only will the Defendant have the new charges pending but the prior charges that had been ACD’d will be reinstated by the Court and also be pending against the Defendant.

If you have been charged with a criminal defense, contact The Law Office of Kelley M. Enderley, PC today. Attain fearless and compassionate defense from our Hudson Valley criminal defense lawyer. Call now.