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Intervention in Lieu of Conviction (ILC) is an opportunity for certain individuals facing low-level non-violent criminal charges who have minimal prior criminal histories and have a significant substance abuse and/or mental health problems that contributed to the underlying offense for which they are charged. Rather than being convicted and sentenced in a normal criminal proceeding which could result in incarceration, fines, and/or community supervision, through Intervention in Lieu of Conviction an individual can participate in community supervision and a treatment program (one year minimum). Upon successful completion of the Intervention in Lieu of Conviction program the Court can dismiss charges and seal the records of the offense.1
Not everyone is eligible to participate in an Intervention in Lieu of Conviction program. The eligibility criteria to be considered for the Intervention in Lieu of Conviction include:
If the individual completes all the conditions of Intervention in Lieu of Conviction, the Court dismisses the pending charges and destroys the written guilty plea. The Defense Attorney can also then file to have the records related to the accusation sealed.
If the individual violates the terms of his or her Intervention in Lieu of Conviction, the individual must return to court. The individual can either admit the violation or attend an Intervention in Lieu of Conviction violation hearing. If the person is found to have violated the terms of his or her Intervention in Lieu of Conviction, then the individual’s prior guilty plea is filed, and the individual is sentenced by the court and legally convicted of the offense. At that point, the Court treats the sentencing hearing as if the Intervention in Lieu of Conviction period had never occurred and may impose any conditions and penalties the accused individual would be eligible for had he or she never entered Intervention in Lieu of Conviction in the first instance.
Brian Glen Jones graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelors Degree in Politics and Government. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Akron School Of Law. Brian has been a lifelong resident of Ohio. Brian is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
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