Alternatives To Prosecution

Being arrested for or charged with a crime can be a life-altering experience. It is in your best interests to obtain help from a defense attorney who is dedicated to protecting your life.

When your future hangs in the balance, turn to a law firm in Union County that will explore and pursue all options for keeping you out of jail and mitigating potential penalties.

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If you are facing a criminal charge, schedule your free, confidential consultation with defense lawyer Mark M. Cheser.

You Do Not Have To Go To Jail

Mark M. Cheser has more than 35 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney. With his level of knowledge, he is able to explore diversion programs — alternatives to prosecution —on behalf of our clients:

Pretrial intervention, also called PTI, is generally offered to first-time offenders. The program seeks to rehabilitate individuals rather than punish them. Successful completion of PTI results in no record of conviction. PTI can assist an individual in facing their personal problems, preventing future criminal activity and helping to avoid a criminal record.

Conditional dismissal takes place in the municipal courts and applies to nondrug related disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses. Our law firm can assist with the application process and help present a solid case to the prosecution to prove that you are fit for the program. To participate in conditional dismissal, the individual must plead guilty to the charges and pay an application fee. The individual is placed on probation for typically a year. If he or she complies with the terms of probation, the charges can be dropped. Additionally, the arrest record can be expunged after six months.

Conditional discharge is a six to 24 month probation program specifically for marijuana offenses and other minor drug offenses. The individual must participate in random drug testing. Eligibility is limited solely to first-time offenders — you cannot have any prior drug convictions or participated in any other types of diversion programs. Similar to PTI and conditional dismissal, your record can be expunged after six months.

Find Out If A Diversionary Program Is Available For Your Criminal Matter

Mark Cheser is one of only 250 lawyers in the state who is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney. His vast and extensive dedication to criminal defense is evident throughout his practice. To put this type of valuable experience on your side, call us for a consultation at 1-866-456-9864 or contact us now for a free consultation.