2017 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:5368 - Dismissal of certain criminal charges upon completion of Veterans Court program; revocation of probation; effects of dismissal

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 13:5368 (2017)

§5368. Dismissal of certain criminal charges upon completion of Veterans Court program; revocation of probation; effects of dismissal

            A. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, as to any person eligible for participation in a Veterans Court program as provided for under the provisions of this Chapter, when it appears that the best interests of the public and of the defendant will be served, with the prior approval of the district attorney, the court may, without entering a judgment of guilt and with the consent of such person, defer proceedings and place him on probation upon such reasonable terms and conditions as may be required by the court and under the provisions of this Chapter. If the defendant is accepted into the Veterans Court program, the defendant must waive the right to a trial.

            B. Upon the defendant's violation of any of the terms or conditions of his probation, the court may revoke his probation, enter an adjudication of guilt, and impose sentence upon such person. The entering of the adjudication of guilt shall be retroactive to the date the defendant pled guilty or was convicted under Subsection A of this Section, but the imposition or execution of sentence shall not be retroactive.

            C. Upon fulfillment of the terms and conditions of probation imposed in accordance with this Section, the court shall discharge such person and dismiss the proceedings against him.

            D. The discharge and dismissal of charges pursuant to this Section shall be without court adjudication of guilt and shall not be deemed a conviction for purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law upon conviction of a crime, including the additional penalties imposed for second or subsequent convictions pursuant to R.S. 40:982. The discharge and dismissal pursuant to this Section may occur only once with respect to any person.

            Acts 2016, No. 181, §1.

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