What is an adjudication? An “adjudication” is a fancy legal term for a decision by the judge. In a child support context we would say the judge is going to adjudicate your child support matter. In a criminal or traffic ticket case it can be more complicated because of the withholding adjudication concept. The judge adjudicating a person, in a criminal or traffic ticket case, would mean that person is convicted. When a judge withholds adjudication, it is a legal fiction that the judge does not make the decision but sentences the Defendant anyway. We’re not making a choice; we’re not making a decision but, the Defendant will incur a penalty. The Defendant is not convicted, perhaps not convicted felon or, there are no points on the driver’s license in that context. Remember that you have rights, you should know them and. you should use them. Good luck with your cases.
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