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§ 99-15-26. Dismissal of action upon successful completion of certain court-imposed conditions.
 

(1)  In all criminal cases, felony and misdemeanor, other than crimes against the person or a violation of Section 97-11-31, the circuit or county court shall be empowered, upon the entry of a plea of guilty by a criminal defendant, to withhold acceptance of the plea and sentence thereon pending successful completion of such conditions as may be imposed by the court pursuant to subsection (2) of this section. In all misdemeanor criminal cases, other than crimes against the person, the justice or municipal court shall be empowered, upon the entry of a plea of guilty by a criminal defendant, to withhold acceptance of the plea and sentence thereon pending successful completion of such conditions as may be imposed by the court pursuant to subsection (2) of this section. No person having previously qualified under the provisions of this section or having ever been convicted of a felony shall be eligible to qualify for release in accordance with this section. A person shall not be eligible to qualify for release in accordance with this section if such person has been charged (a) with an offense pertaining to the sale, barter, transfer, manufacture, distribution or dispensing of a controlled substance, or the possession with intent to sell, barter, transfer, manufacture, distribute or dispense a controlled substance, as provided in Section 41-29-139(a)(1), except for a charge under said provision when the controlled substance involved is one (1) ounce or less of marijuana; (b) with an offense pertaining to the possession of one (1) kilogram or more of marijuana as provided in Section 41-29-139(c)(2)(F) and (G); or (c) with an offense under the Mississippi Implied Consent Law. 

(2) (a)  Conditions which the circuit, county, justice or municipal court may impose under subsection (1) of this section shall consist of: 

(i) Reasonable restitution to the victim of the crime. 

(ii) Performance of not more than nine hundred sixty (960) hours of public service work approved by the court. 

(iii) Payment of a fine not to exceed the statutory limit. 

(iv) Successful completion of drug, alcohol, psychological or psychiatric treatment or any combination thereof if the court deems such treatment necessary. 

(v) The circuit or county court, in its discretion, may require the defendant to remain in the program subject to good behavior for a period of time not to exceed five (5) years. The justice or municipal court, in its discretion, may require the defendant to remain in the program subject to good behavior for a period of time not to exceed two (2) years. 

(b) Conditions which the circuit or county court may impose under subsection (1) of this section also include successful completion of a regimented inmate discipline program. 

(3)  When the court has imposed upon the defendant the conditions set out in this section, the court shall release the bail bond, if any. 

(4)  Upon successful completion of the court-imposed conditions permitted by subsection (2) of this section, the court shall direct that the cause be dismissed and the case be closed. 

(5)  Upon petition therefor, the court shall expunge the record of any case in which an arrest was made, the person arrested was released and the case was dismissed or the charges were dropped or there was no disposition of such case. 

(6)  This section shall take effect and be in force from and after March 31, 1983. 
 

Sources: Laws,  1983, ch. 446, §§ 1-4; Laws, 1987, ch. 364; Laws, 1989, ch. 565, § 2; Laws,  1996, ch. 391, § 1; Laws, 1996, ch. 454, § 3; Laws, 2003, ch. 557, § 2; Laws, 2004, ch. 455, § 1; Laws, 2007, ch. 549, § 1; Laws, 2008, ch. 458, § 2, eff from and after July 1, 2008.