Disposition Types

"Disposition" is defined by the FBI as "an action regarded by the criminal justice system to be the final result of a committed offense." While the most common disposition are court findings (e.g., guilty plea and placed on probation, acquitted, etc.), a disposition can also indicate that law enforcement elected not to refer an arrest charge for prosecution or that the prosecutor amended or dropped an arrest charge. The following table provides a list of common disposition types.


Found insane
Acquittal by reason of insanity
Found mentally competent
Acquittal by reason of mental incompetence
Guilty plea
Adjudication withheld
Case continued without finding
Mistrial-defendant discharged
Charge dismissed
No contest plea
Charge dismissed due to to insanity
Nolle prosequi
Charge dismissed due to mental incompetency
No paper
Charge still pending due to insanity
Nolo contendere plea
Charge still pending due to mental
Probation before conviction
Placed on probation
Deferred disposition
Paroled or released from supervision
Dismissed-civil action
Sentence commuted
Executive clemency
Youthful offender determination