What is the 90-96 Program?
Were you charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, underage drinking or another alcohol or drug offense? If so, you might be eligible for a first time offender program called 90-96.
In North Carolina, there is a law that allows courts to defer prosecution of alcohol and drug offenses for first time offenders. This is called the 90-96 program, because it comes from the North Carolina General Statues Section 90-96.
Courts are not required to allow participation in the program, but often an attorney may work the deal out with a prosecutor if you are a first-time offender. As a part of the 90-96 program the court will require that you sign an admission of guilt, and you will be required to attend alcohol/drug classes. So long as you complete the required classes, pay the required fees and otherwise abide by the conditions of 90-96 your case will be dismissed. The 90-96 program is a great option for first time offenders since it offers certainty about your case. If you are charged for a second time, you might still qualify for the program depending on your prior charges.
What happens after my case is dismissed? After your case is dismissed your case may be expunged. An expungement clears all records of the charge. You may want an expungement to prevent negative treatment by potential employers and school admissions.
If you were charged with an alcohol or drug offense and would like to learn more about this program, or would like help getting this deal, call the attorneys at The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC at 919-585-1486. Attorney Kristi Haddock and attorney Wiley Nickel are available for free consultations. Our office is conveniently located in Cary, NC near I-40.