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New Statute may allow dismissals of misdemeanors & low level felonies

Effective December 1, 2014, a new law allows the judge to defer further proceedings without entering a judgment of guilt, with the possibility of conditional discharge later on. Some pre-conditions include that the defendant is guilty of a low level felony or a misdemeanor, that the defendant and the prosecutor consent, that the defendant has not been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors and has not previously placed on probation. The defendant is placed on probation to allow him/her to demonstrate good conduct. If the defendant fulfills the conditions, the guilty finding will be withdrawn and the court will dismiss the proceedings.

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