Early Resolution Court
The Early Resolution Court involves
the early resolution of nonviolent felony cases. The client is given an
offer that is extended by the State Attorney’s Office on the first ERC court
date. The majority of cases resolved on the Early Resolution Court deal
with controlled substances, grand theft, felony traffic offenses and burglaries
to structures or vehicles.
attorney enters into negotiations with the State Attorney’s Office in order to reach
a favorable resolution for the client.
Clients may enter a plea of guilty or no contest on the Early Intervention
docket and the clients usually choose whether
they want state probation or a jail sentence.
Other clients on the docket with a limited criminal history are offered Pre Trial Diversion or Pre Trial
Intervention. Clients who participate in the Pre Trial Diversion or Pre
Trial Intervention programs are supervised by the Department of Corrections, pay
fees, and attend counseling or classes. Pre Trial Diversion and Pre Trial
Intervention are very similar to State Probation, but if a client successfully
completes the Pre Trial Diversion or Pre Trial Intervention program, the State
Attorney’s Office drops the charge(s) against the client.
Other clients on the Early Resolution Court are referred to
Felony Drug Court or Mental Health Court in order to address these clients’
Cases that are not resolved on the ERC
docket are placed on a felony trial docket where a client may exercise his or
her right to a jury trial.