Fighting To Keep You Out Of Jail
It is no surprise that the criminal courts in New Jersey are extremely busy; because of that high volume, courts pursue alternatives to traditional trials for many people. Although the criminal justice system takes all crimes very seriously, diversionary programs allow courts to act more efficiently while offering people leniency when they need it most.
The Law Office of Andy Weinstein, Esq., helps clients across Montclair and New York City pursue diversionary programs. We understand that many circumstances can lead people down paths they never wanted to go. Our team of attorneys has more than 30 years of combined experience defending and helping them pursue the leniency of the diversionary programs in New Jersey.
What Are The Diversionary Programs In New Jersey?
The diversionary programs are alternatives to criminal trial available to first time offenders charged with certain classes of crime. There are three primary programs, and they are:
- Pretrial intervention (PTI): Defendants identified as eligible for pretrial intervention move out of the traditional courtroom, and directly into a supervised setting, that may include drug testing and restitution.
- Conditional Discharge: This is a diversionary program offered in New Jersey to individuals charged with Disorderly Persons offenses involving controlled dangerous substances.
- Conditional Dismissal: Like a Conditional Discharge, a Conditional Dismissal is a diversionary program for those charged with a Disorderly Persons offense, however, these are reserved for non-drug related crime.
Additionally, any defendant who has gone through a diversionary program is ineligible for a second opportunity. However, should you meet the requirements, all of these programs can keep a criminal conviction off your record.
Skilled Former Prosecutor Who Can Defend You
Judges do not grant alternative sentencing to everyone. You should have a skilled criminal defense lawyer who can persuade the court why a diversionary program is the best fit for you. As a former prosecutor, attorney Andy Weinstein has seen firsthand what prompts district attorneys or judges to choose diversionary programs over criminal sentences.
Ask For Our Help Today
The sooner you contact us, the sooner our attorneys can begin trying to get you into a diversionary program. Please call us at 973-852-3614 or send us an email to schedule a free, confidential initial consultation with one of our team members.