How do I receive deferred prosecution or pretrial diversion and get an underage drinking citation expunged?

What do I need to do to get one of these and get my citation expunged? Do I need a lawyer? What can I do before my court date to speed up this process?

Asked on July 4, 2012 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I suggest that you retain a criminal defense attorney to represent you in the matter that you are writing about and to assist you in negotiating a deferred prosecution or pre-trial diversion with respect to the underage drinking citation that you received with the district attorney's office.

The best that you can do to speed up the legal process is to retain a criminal defense attorney before your first appearance, the arraignment.

If you receive a deferred prosecution sentence from the court and/or pre-trial diversion and you are successful in these programs, then the charge will be dismissed by the court and there will be no criminal conviction to try and later expunge.


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