New Jersey Municipal Court Conditional Dismissal Program
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She has successfully handled countless cases in New Jersey, in Superior Court (indictable/felony level offenses) and Municipal Court (disorderly persons/misdemeanor level offenses). Ms. Hascup is a former domestic violence prosecutor and special deputy attorney general. During the course of her career with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, she handled cases ranging from Homicide (murder) and aggravated assault to robbery and weapons offenses. Now she is fighting for you. Contact her office anytime for an initial consultation, which is always provided free of charge.
The Conditional Dismissal Program in New Jersey Municipal Court
New Jersey lawmakers recently passed a new piece of legislation instituting a conditional dismissal program that is now available to defendants in Municipal Court whose arrests took place after January 4, 2014. This diversionary program, known as “PTI in Municipal Court,” resembles the long-established Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) Program of New Jersey’s Superior Court, which is applicable for felony-level offenses.
For defendants in Municipal Court who meet the following criteria, the new PTI Program may present a viable option. It is applicable to those facing certain charges for disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses who do not have a prior criminal record and have not been previously enrolled in a diversionary program in New Jersey such as PTI, conditional discharge, or conditional dismissal. Certain charges, such as those for driving while intoxicated or domestic violence, are not among the offenses classified as suitable for the conditional dismissal program.
The PTI in Municipal Court Program functions as follows: the defendant must plead guilty to the underlying offense, at which time the court suspends the charges for a one-year probationary term. Upon enrollment, the individual must comply with the conditions of the program and avoid any further arrests during the probation period. Provided that he or she does so, the charges are subsequently dismissed and the individual is left with no criminal record. A record of the arrest in connection with the charge is also eligible for expungement six months after the completion of the program.
Eligibility Requirements for the Conditional Dismissal Program in New Jersey Municipal Court
- Defendants facing charges for disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses (excluding domestic violence, DWI)
- Individuals having no prior criminal record
- Those who have not been previously enrolled in a diversionary program, including PTI, conditional discharge, or conditional dismissal
- Those arrested after January 4, 2014
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Alissa D. Hascup knows the nuances of New Jersey criminal defense law and is committed to putting her experience and knowledge to work for you. If you find yourself in a situation in which you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, this may result in serious consequences. To discuss your case with Ms. Hascup, call her office or fill out her online contact form to request your free initial consultation.