The Use of Deferred Dispositions in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases in Maine

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Winter 2-1-2021


This report summarizes the findings from an examination of how deferred disposition is used in Maine. This option typically involves the accused pleading guilty to a charge and agreeing to meet certain conditions over a period of time, commonly one year. If conditions are met, the case is either dismissed or the defendant is found guilty of a lesser crime than the one with which he/she
was originally charged. A deferred disposition can also include a more favorable outcome for the defendant (eg., a fine instead of jail). If the terms are not met, the defendant is convicted of the charge to which he/she pled guilty.