A Plea in Abeyance (or PIA) is an agreement between the defendant and the prosecutor in a criminal case. It involves the defendant and prosecutor agreeing to specific terms that the defendant will complete in order to prevent the charges from going on their criminal record.
Once, the defendant and prosecutor have come up with an agreement, the judge holds the agreement in place until all the agreed upon terms are completed.
- – Paying a fine
- – Completing some kind of community service
- – Taking classes relevant to your charges
- – Completing an evaluation and/or a treatment relevant to your charges
A Plea in Abeyance’s terms is usually a combination of the two or three terms listed above. However, it is rarely just one of the terms.
The pleas for any given charge will also vary person-to-person and county-to-county. An PIA agreement for someone in one county may differ from the agreement given to someone in another county. However, many PIAs are held for at least 6 to 12 months.
Is a PIA a conviction?
No. A PIA does not go on your record like a flat-out guilty plea does. It allows the judge to dismiss your charges once you’ve completed your end of the agreement.
Getting a Plea in Abeyance is similar to getting a speeding ticket and then going to traffic school in order to keep the ticket from going on your driving record.
Can I expunge a PIA?
Yes. Read our information about expungements here.
This kind of plea deal is one of the most ideal outcomes other than a case dismissal. Hiring an attorney is the best way to go if you want to get a deal like a Plea in Abeyance.
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