If you have been charged in a Municipal Court within the State of New Jersey with any of the following offenses, you may be eligible for a Conditional Discharge pursuant to NJSA 2C:36-A-1: NJSA 2C:35-10(c), failure to turn over CDS to an officer "failure to turn over;" NJSA 2C:35-10(a)(4), possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana; NJSA 2C:35-10(b), under the influence of CDS; NJSA 2C:36-2, possession of drug paraphernalia.
What is a Conditional Discharge? If you are eligible for a Conditional Discharge, it does not mean that you will automatically enter into the Program. Pursuant to NJSA 2C:36A-1, an attorney can make a Motion to suspend further court proceedings and place his/her client on a special type of supervised probation. Since this is an optional program, it is important that the defense attorney prepare evidence proving that the defendant is a good candidate for a conditional discharge. It is helpful to collect letters of recommendation, proof of employment, treatment, and any other information that helps prove that the defendant will benefit from such program.
An experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney can advice you if entrance into a Conditional Discharge is something you should consider. For example, the State needs to meet their burden by providing all discoverable materials, including but not limited to a lab report, if applicable. If the State does not provide the proper materials, it is possible by way of a motion that the matter can be dismissed . Also, it is important to be aware that if you enter into a conditional discharge, after completion you still need to get an expungement if you want to get the arrest off of your record. Significantly, by entering into a conditional discharge you will not be eligible for other diversionary programs such as Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI). Thus, it is imperative to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side to help guide you through the Municipal Court system.
Ms. Breslow has appeared in municipal courts throughout New Jersey including but not limited to; Red Bank, Eatontown, Tinton Falls, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Fair Haven, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, Belmar, Deal, West Long Branch, Freehold, Manalapan, Marlboro, Colts Neck, Middletown, Hazlet, Union Beach, Keyport, Long Beach Township, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Toms River.