Alternatives To Jail
Fortunately, courts in many states recognize that some criminal convictions do not warrant jail time. In Pennsylvania and New York, programs exist to help people pay their debt to society in a more productive way, allowing them to move on with their lives.
At Conner Riley Friedman & Weichler in Erie, Pennsylvania, our early intervention in criminal cases allows us to help you understand all of your potential options. For some charges, this could mean participating in a diversion program.
Understanding What You Have To Do
Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) and New York’s Adjournments In Contemplation of Dismissal (ACoD) programs work mostly in the same way.
For many nonviolent, first-time offenders facing misdemeanor charges such as DUI, the ARD and ACoD programs allow the defendant to have the charges dismissed after meeting certain conditions. These conditions can include community service, restitution, attending drug or alcohol rehabilitation, or other conditions that would be similar to what one must do while on probation.
Successful completion of the program will allow you to move on your life with a clean record. However, another arrest or failure to meet the conditions of your program could expose you to jail time.
How Do You Qualify?
Prosecutors can control who is able to enter diversion programs. This is not something you should attempt to get on your own. Our attorneys have negotiated entry into diversion programs for many of our clients.
Contact Conner Riley Friedman & Weichler Today
Do not let a one-time mistake hurt your ability to find a job or live a productive life. To learn more about diversion programs and your rights and options, we invite you to call us at 814-240-3339 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.