CBI Classes Are Now Available Online
Did you know a person convicted of shoplifting in North Carolina can spend up to 45 days in jail, be required to pay back the property stolen, pay the property owner’s attorney fees and even be required to pay additional penalties? (N.C. Gen. Stat. §14-72)
Did you know a charge of resisting arrest can be considered obstruction of justice and lead to 60 days in jail, which can result in a Class 2 Misdemeanor on your criminal record? (N.C. Gen. Stat. §14-223)
If you have been arrested for a crime related to theft, shop lifting, or resisting arrest, there is help and an alternative for people charged with first time petty misdemeanors. The state of North Carolina, through the Department of Corrections, has implemented a program called Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI), designed especially for first time offenders who have committed misdemeanor crimes related to trespassing or petty larceny. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of people who serve jail time and to give people charged with certain types of misdemeanors a second chance, provided they complete the necessary court-ordered CBI classes.
Absolute Advocacy is a state-approved provider of CBI classes that meet the court requirements for dismissal of charges for crimes that fall under this state-regulated program.
Our Cognitive Behavioral Intervention program is a state-approved program designed to help you recognize the reasons for your misdemeanor charges and give you a plan to help you make better choices to prevent future charges. The overall goal of the CBI program is not simply to help you avoid jail time, but to give you the tools, resources and support you need in order to avoid the consequences of criminal behavior. Our goal is to support you and give you the tools you need to make better decisions so you can succeed and contribute to society in a positive way.
CBI classes include topics such as social skills, handling peer pressure, problem solving and decision-making. Through each class, you will learn more about yourself as well as how to deal with others.
WHO BENEFITS FROM COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION (CBI)
First time offenders who have been charged with the following misdemeanor crimes may qualify for CBI:
- Public Affray
- Resisting Arrest
- Public Disturbance
Once you complete the classes (and other requirements of your probation or arrest), you may submit proof of completion to the court to satisfy the court-ordered CBI classes.
HOW IT WORKS
STEP 1: Qualify For the Program
The judge or your probation officer will tell you if qualify for the CBI program based on your charges.
STEP 2: Register For Classes
Once you have the court order to complete the program, you may register for CBI classes with our office. You may register for classes directly or be referred by your probation officer, attorney or court official.
STEP 3: Attend All Classes
The state requires at least 12 hours of CBI classes in order to qualify for dismissal of your misdemeanor charges under this program. For your convenience, Absolute Advocacy offers the complete CBI course in just 2 days on the weekends. No need to spread this out over weeks and weeks. We help you get on with your life!
STEP 4: Follow Up with The Court System or Your Probation Officer
Depending on the nature of your case, you may have other requirements to satisfy in addition to the CBI classes. Be sure to check with the court, your attorney or probation officer to make sure the court has received notification of your completed courses and you have satisfied all the steps to have your charges dismissed.
SIGN UP FOR CBI CLASSES TODAY!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mecklenburg County courts has issued a temporary authorization for your Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI) class to be taken online.
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Class Schedule
Absolute Advocacy offers CBI classes at the following days/times:
Days: Saturdays and Sundays
Times: 10-4 (includes lunch break)
Location: Charlotte Office (1977 JN Pease Place, Suite 104)