Most people want to avoid a criminal record and jail time, which is understandable. While there may be legal options available that could ultimately result in a dismissal of criminal charges or even certain traffic tickets, there are a lot of things to consider including the fact pattern, prior criminal history, and severity of the allegations.
At the same time, it’s a mistake to assume charges are automatically dismissed.
Conditions for a dismissal may include things like Deferred Prosecution, conditional discharge, community service, drug or alcohol treatment, psychiatric care, and even an occasional letter of apology. A lot depends on what happened and the type of criminal allegations, felony or misdemeanor, district court vs. superior court, etc.