7 Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Criminal Defense Case
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Accelerated Rehabilitation (AR) is a program in Connecticut criminal courts that can avoid a conviction and a record for people charged with certain crimes, if eligible. If the court agrees that you are not a threat to commit future crimes, and you meet the terms and conditions, I can usually get this outcome in court.
If you need to avoid a criminal record that would show up on a background check, AR will do that. It is almost always a great deal for the defendant.
Cases that are eligible for AR are larceny, identity theft, credit card fraud, assault, reckless driving, criminal mischief, harassment, threatening, non-domestic, and that do not involve drugs or alcohol.
I have to apply for it. That is something I do as your attorney in working out a plea deal. There is a nominal fee to apply, as well as a program fee, in some cases.
If you are granted use of the AR program you can be in that program for up to two years. However, most of the time it runs for a one year period.
In general, most judges just require a defendant to have no new arrests while on AR. Sometimes the judge may order community service or a written apology to a victim. There can also be restitution, community service, counseling, treatment programs, and checking in with probation, aka the Court Support Services Division (CSSD).
In the case of a reckless driving AR, the judge will generally order the defendant to have no new moving violations of any kind or the program can be terminated.
Accelerated Rehabilitation does not show up on a background check during the AR period. The file is sealed within 24 hours of the defendant applying for AR. The only place a pending case will show up is on the state judicial website; if the defendant is using AR, the person doing the background check will see a pending case, but cannot find out what the charges are. If you have contact with law enforcement during the AR period, law enforcement will have access to the pending charges.
Yes. After your accelerated rehabilitation period is over, the case is dismissed and the public record is sealed forever.
Here are the Connecticut General Statutes that describe the law allowing it under Section 54-56e.