PRETRIAL INTERVENTION (PTI)
What is Pretrial Intervention in New Jersey?
Most people believe that there can only be two outcomes to a criminal charge: a conviction or a dismissal. However, there is a third, a conditional discharge, or better known as Pretrial Intervention (PTI). PTI is a program that provides eligible first-time, nonviolent offenders an opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction by completing a course of rehabilitative programs and community service. The program strives to address the conditions that lead the offender to commit a crime and prevent future criminal and disorderly persons offenses.
The criminal defense attorneys of Maynard Law Office, LLC in Morristown have successfully entered thousands of clients into PTI. The benefits to Pretrial Intervention range from avoiding a record of conviction to obtaining an early resolution which leads to a reduction in attorney costs.
What is the Eligibility Criteria for PTI Applicants?
Like most programs offered by the state, the New Jersey Court Rules state the eligibility criteria for PTI applicants:
- Must be 18 years and older
- Must be a New Jersey resident, but some exceptions apply
- A New Jersey superior court or municipal court must have jurisdiction over the original offense
- Charged with minor violations, usually excludes first and second degree offenses
- May not have any previous convictions
- May not have had completed a diversionary program in the past
- May not be on parole or probation, unless the prosecutor consents
If a defendant is accepted into the program, the Court will sign a PTI Order which will list the conditions or elements. The conditions may include random urine monitoring, assessment of fees, penalties or fines, community service, psychological evaluations, and a drug and/or alcohol treatment program. Supervision under the program is usually assigned from 6 months up to 3 years.
Consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer about your options and possible outcomes for your case. Even if you do not satisfy all of the criteria, you may still have a chance of acceptance. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at 973-540-0054, or contact us online.