A continuance without a finding not a guilty conviction. A continuance without a finding or CWOF is a plea that is less than a conviction. If you plead to a CWOF you are not pleading guilty, but you are admitting that there are enough facts to prove that you are guilty. If you are able to get a CWOF you will be placed on probation for a certain period of time. Most people who get a CWOF stay on probation for 1 year.
With most charges, if you get a CWOF it will not suspend your license. The most common exception is if you get a CWOF for a first offense DUI charge. If you get a CWOF for a first offense DUI, your license will be suspended. There are many charges that the Massachusetts legislature has defined as charged you cannot receive a CWOF. You may also face additional criminal consequences if you violate the terms of probation after pleading to a CWOF. The judge cannot allow you to plead to a CWOF after the jury finds you guilty, over the prosecutor’s objection. Finally, you in the immigration context, the federal government treats CWOF as convictions.
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