The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office approved Rice’s request for pretrial intervention on Monday, and Superior Court Judge Michael Donio signed off on it Tuesday.
Once Rice completes the program, which will be for a minimum of one year, the court would dismiss the third-degree charge of aggravated assault. There would be no conviction.
“This decision was arrived at after careful consideration of the information contained in Mr. Rice’s application in light of all of the facts gathered during the investigation," acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain told the Press of Atlantic City.
“After considering all relevant information in light of applicable law, it was determined that this was the appropriate disposition.”
Rice and his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, were both originally charged with simple assault after the incident inside an Atlantic City casino elevator early on Feb. 15. The charges against Palmer (now Janay Rice) were later dropped.
Palmer reportedly wrote a letter to the court supporting Rice’s pretrial intervention application.
Now Rice and the Ravens will await a decision on a possible suspension from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. In March, Goodell said he would “let the facts dictate” his decision.