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"First Offender"

If a defendant charged with any drug possession offense has no prior convictions for a drug offense, upon a finding that the evidence supports guilt, the court may place the defendant on "First Offender" status. The case is continued for a period of time, usually a year, and if the defendant complies with certain conditions, including drug testing, and has no further drug arrests, at the end of the period of time, the charge is dismissed and no longer counts as a conviction on the defendant?s record.

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