Is a prosecution pre-filing deferral the same as a criminal adjudication?

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Is a prosecution pre-filing deferral the same as a criminal adjudication?

As a juvenile, I was arrested for felony charges. I was given some community service and counseling sessions. Today, my report reads “prosecutor pre-filing deferral” in the result section.

Asked on July 25, 2013 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, it's not the same as an adjudication. An adjudication is a determination by a court after trial, or your pleading guilty (which has the same effect as a court determination). In this case, the prosecutor elected to defer prosecution prior to their being a trial.


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