- Program Eligibility
Non-violent first time offenders charged with a misdemeanor are the typical candidate for this program. Defendants are accepted at the discretion of the District Attorney's Office and after a careful review of their case.
No plea is entered and the case is maintained in a pre-trial statusing posture. Upon successful completion of the program, the Commonwealth withdraws prosecution.
- Details and Length
Defendants accepting the program are required to complete either 12 or 18 hours of community service and pay court costs. Defendants accepting an AMP I offer are colloquied by the sitting Judge and must meet with the community service coordinator prior to leaving court. Details on community service sites are provided by the coordinator. Community service must be completed at an approved non-profit location. Payment is made in the basement of the Criminal Justice Center.
Generally, defendants are expected to have their requirements fulfilled within five weeks of accepting the terms. They may finish them earlier if they so desire. If a defendant is unable to complete either the community service portion or pay the court costs in full after five weeks, the Judge may provide an extension. The defendant must provide proof that at least half of their community service is complete and more than half of their fines and costs have been paid.
- Program Completion
Defendants are expected to provide verification to court staff showing all requirements are satisfied five days prior to their next court listing. By completing their terms of the program and submitting them in advance, a defendant's presence can be waived from future court dates. Once verified that it is complete, prosecution is withdrawn. Should a defendant fail to comply with the terms of the program or get arrested on new charges before completing the program, AMP will be revoked and the case will be sent to a trial room.
- Expungement Eligibility
Upon successful completion, defendants are eligible for expungement without opposition.