Avoiding a Conviction – Deferral Agreements

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McHenry County Criminal Defense Attorney – Evan E. Randall

Sometimes it takes a little but of effort in order to get charges dismissed or reduced. In some circumstances, the defense and prosecution may enter into an agreement where, upon the completion of some event, all charges are dropped or significantly reduced.

Deferred Prosecution Agreements

If the State’s Attorney is not confident about taking a case to trial and the defense doesn’t think it is worth the risk, the two sides may come to an agreement. The terms are flexible, but recent case examples include:

  • Domestic battery charges dismissed upon the completion of 3 alcohol-related sessions (1 hour each)
  • Battery and discorderly conduct charges dismissed upon the payment of restitution ($200) to the victim
  • Felony aggravated battery charges dropped to disorderly conduct upon completion of 3 mental health therapy session (1 hour each)
  • Theft charges dismissed upon payment of restitution ($100) to the victim

In each of these scenarios, the charges were dramatically reduced or dismissed upon the proof that something was done. As you can imagine, artful negotiation is required to reach some of these agreements. Both the State’s Attorney and the defense team must agree to the terms and Evan E. Randall has the proven ability to negotiate optimal results for those facing criminal charges in McHenry County.

Risk Versus Benefit

If case is weak and can be won at trial, Evan E. Randall will aggressively push the case to a victorious verdict. However, there are situations were the risk of a lose outweigh the benefits of negotiating an agreement. Ultimately, the decision is up to the client, but it is nice to have options.

The Solution

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in McHenry County, then you need an aggresive attorney to negotiate the best outcome possible. Should negotiations fail or present a result that is not acceptable, then the case proceeds to trial. Evan E. Randall has the training required to negotiate the best resolutions available and the experience to push the case to trial if needed. Contact a McHenry County criminal defense attorney at (815) 880-4529 or by email to erandall@defend.law.