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Does Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal WITH Community Service mean conviction?

I received an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal for NY PL 165.40/155.25 and served 3 days community service. After 6 months, the case was dismissed and sealed. Was this a conviction?

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It is absolutely NOT a conviction. I am attaching a portion of the statute that governs ACD's in New York; it should help put your mind at ease. Criminal Procedure Law Section 170.55 (8) states: The granting of an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal shall not be deemed to be a conviction or an admission of guilt. No person shall suffer any disability or forfeiture as a result of such an order. Upon the dismissal of the accusatory instrument pursuant to this section, the arrest and prosecution shall be deemed a nullity and the defendant shall be restored, in contemplation of law, to the status he occupied before his arrest and prosecution.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 1/31/2014

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