Conditional Discharge vs. Pretrial Intervention

How Do I Apply for PTI in Mercer County

One of the most common statements we hear from potential new clients is “Am I really facing jail time” … “But it is my first offense” … “Isn’t there some program I can take advantage of”. In short, yes there maybe but that will depend on many different factors. Some of those factors include:

  • The crime in question;
    • The degree of the crime (i.e. Felony? 1st Degree? 2nd Degree? 3rd Degree?)
    • Nature of the crime (i.e. Domestic Violence? Drugs? Assault?)
  • Prior criminal history, if any;
    •  This includes out of state crimes as well.

Potential Diversionary Programs in New Jersey

New Jersey’s two most frequently used diversionary programs include the Pretrial Intervention Program and the Conditional Discharge Program. Although these two programs are similar certain ways, they are very distinct in others.  These programs can have significant advantages for certain clients. Both programs could help an individual not only avoid incarceration but could also help someone avoid a permanent criminal record. If you have been charged with a crime like possession of marijuana, aggravated assault, shoplifting, heroin possession, eluding or burglary in Mercer County and would like to speak to one of our attorneys about your ability to gain admission into a diversionary program, then please contact our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779. One of our Mercer County criminal defense lawyers would be glad to go over the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan that works best to suit your needs. So if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.Read More