Written by attorney Pashan Movasseghi

What is an ACD (NY Criminal)

ACD stands for Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal. It is sometimes referred to as an ACoD. Where an individual is accused of a crime in New York, an ACD may be offered as a way to settle the matter. Where an ACD is entered, the matter is adjourned for a period of time (often 6 months). Certain terms and conditions are set forth that the accused must comply with during that period. Those terms may include that the accused not be rearrested, comply with community service or the entry of an order of protection. If those terms and conditions are complied with, when the ACD period expires the case is dismissed. An ACD is not a conviction.

Typically an ACD is available where the accused is charged with relatively minor crimes and/or does not have an extensive criminal record. An ACD is viewed by many practitioners as the best possible disposition of a criminal matter for the defense, short of a straight dismissal or withdrawal of the matter. Additionally, this disposition is sometimes favored over expending the significant time and expense that can be involved in obtaining a not guilty verdict after trial.

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