New Jersey Pre-trial Intervention Program Lawyer
Pre-trial intervention, known as PTI, offers first offenders an alternative to traditional prosecution. The goal of PTI is to prevent the defendant from engaging in criminal behavior in the future.
At the Law Offices of William D. Ware, Esq., we have been extremely successful getting clients admitted into PTI. Mr. Ware knows which documents and what type of information prosecutors in each county want to see.
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Individuals who are accepted into the PTI program must follow the conditions of the program for a period of one to three years. Conditions may include payment of restitution, random urine testing, and participation in counseling, drug or alcohol treatment programs and community service.
The Benefits of Pre-trial Intervention
Pretrial intervention has distinct advantages over the traditional prosecution process. If you successfully complete the program without committing an additional criminal offense, the case is dismissed and you will have no record of a criminal conviction. Expungement is possible six months later.
The difference can be dramatic. Instead of serving probation or incarceration and coming out with a felony conviction on your record, you can complete 12 months of PTI and the case will be dismissed.
Who Is Eligible?
Not every defendant is eligible for PTI. You must be a resident of New Jersey with no prior felony convictions on your criminal record. People charged with violent felonies or higher charges are typically not admitted into pre-trial intervention. However, they can be with the permission of the prosecutor. If you are denied PTI, our criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Ware, can appeal the denial.
Pre-trial intervention can allow you a kind of “do-over”. Yet, you must move quickly to take advantage of this opportunity. Defendants have only 28 days after the indictment to request admission to the program. If you wait until your arraignment you may be too late.
Contact our office in Chester, New Jersey, right away to discuss your matter with William D. Ware, Esq., a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer.