The New Jersey Pretrial Intervention Program PTI

          New Jersey has three diversionary programs to steer first offenders away from the criminal justice system.  The first, and traditionally the most important of the programs is the Pre-Trial Intervention program (PTI) which is generally available in the Superior Court system. If accepted into the program, the defendant waives a trial on the merits and generally does not plead guilty to the underlying offense.  No judgment of conviction is entered, and there will be no criminal convictions on the defendant's record. 

          There are several hurdles to acceptance into Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI).  For a more in depth discussion on the requirements for entrance into the PTI program see our WEBPAGE which includes the full guidelines. Once accepted into the PTI program, the defendant is entered into supervised probation, generally for a year or less, but depending on the judges determination, may be up to three years.  A judge may also impose fines, and requirements such as random drug testing or anger management classes. Additional conditions may also be imposed to require the performance of community service, payment of restitution, and submission to psychological and/or drug and alcohol evaluations to ensure compliance with recommended PTI treatment programs.

          If you do not complete the PTI program, or fail any of its requirements you will be re-entered onto the courts docket and prosecuted in the normal manner.  One should be careful in applying to diversionary programs as they are only usable once and even applying for one, even if you do not complete the program, will bar you from future uses.

          Upon completing PTI, the States case against you will be dismissed; there will be no criminal convictions on your record, and regarding your criminal conviction history, you may check off on employment questionaires that you have never been convicted of a crime.

          The experienced Criminal Defesne Attorneys of Avery & Avery, have used the PTI program to protect clients from many offenses, including;  Marijuana and Cocaine possession, Theft, Shoplifting, Assault, Fraud, and certain other drug offenses.  If you are charged with these or similar crimes, CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR A FREE CONSULTATION.  We will help guide you to the best path to avoid having a criminal record, and all the disabilities that would otherwise result from such a record.




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