Adjournment In Contemplation of Dismissal

New York law provides for the dismissal of certain cases through what is called an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (ACD). An ACD is an adjournment in the interest of justice with a view to dismiss the case. The granting of an ACD is not a conviction and is not an admission of guilt. The court may, as a condition of the ACD, require the defendant to perform community service or participate in a program. For cases involving marijuana charges or a family offense, the length of the adjournment is one year; for all other cases the adjournment is for six months.