Plea in Abeyance Law and Legal Definition

A plea in abeyance is an agreement that allows the court to dismiss your violation upon completion of certain criteria. This agreement can only be done at the recommendation of the prosecutor. When you enter into a plea in abeyance agreement, you will have to sign a document that states you are giving up your constitutional rights to a trial and are entering a guilty or no contest plea. This plea is held for a specific amount of time (referred to as a period of probation), and if you have complied with the conditions, the case will be dismissed after your probation has ended. Local laws should be consulted, as they vary by jurisdictional area.