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What is adjournment in contemplation of dismissal?

An adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, called an ACD, is an order by a judge to adjourn, or suspend, a misdemeanor case for a period of six months (or one year for a case involving marijuana). If the defendant stays out of trouble during this adjournment period, the misdemeanor charges against them are dismissed.

An ACD is not a conviction, a plea bargain, or probation. The defendant need not admit any guilt or defend their innocence. An ACD is a highly advantageous outcome in a misdemeanor case.

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