Continuance without a finding also known as a CWOF is plea deal in Massachusetts that isn’t a conviction. If you receive a continuance without a finding you are not admitting that you guilty to the offense. However, you are offering a plea or admission to sufficient facts. If you plead to a CWOF you are admitting that if your case was to go to trial there would be sufficient facts to prove that you were guilty of the offenses. If you are placed on a continuance without a finding and you successfully complete probation, your criminal case will be ended.
Unlike pretrial probation, a judge can resolve your case with a continuance without a finding over the prosecutor’s objection for certain criminal offenses. If you violate the terms of your continuance without a finding, the judge could revoke the continuance without a finding and enter a guilty plead. The judge could also sentence you up to the maximum penalty available.
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