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Qualifying clients can benefit by using this program to achieve a dismissal of their felony charges.

A lot of people ask me what the Offender Initiative program is in the criminal sentencing code. In Illinois the statute is 730 ILCS 5/5-6-3.3. The benefit to the program is upon successful completion of probation the defendant's charge(s) are dismissed completely. The requirements to participate in this type of sentence are: 
1. No prior felony convictions.
2. Is charged with the following offenses: Theft, Retail Theft, Forgery, Possession of a stolen motor vehicle, Burglary, Possession of burglary tools, Deceptive practices, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal trespass to a residence, Obstructing justice, an offense involving fraudulent identification, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine.
3. The Defendant must consent to the program.
4. The State must consent to the program.

The conditions of the program are:
1. No violation of laws.
2. No weapon possession.
3. Full restitution (if any).
4. Obtain employment or perform community work service (min. 30 hours).
5. Obtain GED or equivalent.

Discretionary conditions:
1. Medical or psychological treatment.
2. No drugs.

A person may only receive this program one time every four years.

I recommend every defense attorney know this law well. It can greatly benefit your clients when they are eligible for the program.
Brian L. Polinske
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