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What is New Jersey's pretrial intervention program?

You've lived a good, upstanding life and have never been in trouble with the law before. Then one day you make a mistake. For first-time offenders, New Jersey offers something called "pretrial intervention." PTI gives people with no past felony criminal record an alternative to prosecution by traditional methods while incentivizing them to obey the law in the future.

Generally, only people charged with non-violent felonies and lesser offenses who are New Jersey residents and have no past felony convictions are eligible for PTI. However, prosecutors can make an exception.

Not everyone who applies for PTI is accepted. However, our law firm has a very good record of getting clients into the program. We know what prosecutors in each New Jersey county are looking for in PTI candidates.

It's important to note that defendants only have 28 days after their indictment to request PTI program admission. Therefore, if this is something you want to pursue, it's essential to start the process as soon as possible.

Acceptance into PTI can erase the offense from your record, so it is well worth considering. As long as you complete the 12-month program and have no further criminal charges, your case will be dismissed and you can have the charges expunged six months later. Depending on the crime, the conditions of the program may include things like community service, participation in an alcohol or drug treatment program and payment of restitution.

If you have been charged with a crime and would like to request PTI admission, call our offices or contact us online for a free consultation at one of our New Jersey offices. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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