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Absolute and Conditional Discharges

General Section 730 permits a judge to make a finding of guilt but not register a conviction against the offender. By imposing a discharge, the court avoids imposing the full impact of having a criminal conviction on the offender’s record for those who are “of good character, without previous conviction.” A discharge is particularly appropriate in cases where being charged and tried will be sufficient deterrent and denunciation to address the conduct at issue and for those who will suffer disproportionate consequences (usually associated [...]