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What if I am between 18 and 25 years old, have been charged with a non-violent federal crime, and would like to have my charges reduced or dismissed altogether? The answer to that question recently became more clear. In August 2015 the Southern District of New York announced the newly minted Young Adult Opportunity Program, which is meant to apply to people who meet those criteria.

More specifically, the program is intended to, “provide selected young adult defendants with intensive supervision by Pretrial Services (“Pretrial”) and regular interaction with supervising federal judges. (the “Program Judges”). Those Program Judges, United States District Judge Ronnie Abrams and Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn, have agreed to oversee the program and meet with the selected candidates once a month. In addition, the selected candidates are required to report to their pretrial officer twice per month and meet stringent conditions.

This is an exciting opportunity that was previously not available in the Southern District of New York. Instead of facing the possibility of years in prison and very few options, this program offers young people, “structure and access to employment, counseling, and treatment resources.” Most participants should expect to complete the program within 12 to 18 months.

In order to qualify, the candidate must be recommended to the program by a federal judge, pretrial officer the United States Attorney, or, most often, by their defense attorney. In other words, an experienced federal criminal defense attorney will be able to guide you through the process and provides the most likely avenue to acceptance.

The Henry Law Firm PLLC has already been successful in placing a candidate in the program. If you are between 18 and 25 years old, have been charged with a non-violent federal crime and are interested in participating in the Young Adult Opportunity Program, our attorneys can help. Call us today to discuss your options.

For more information visit: SDNY Young Adult Opportunity Program