In certain circumstances, New Jersey allows some persons charged in disorderly persons offenses (usually drug possession) to undergo a diversionary program instead of standing trial.
You are only eligible for Conditional Discharge if you haven’t been convicted of drug offenses in the past, and you have not previously used the CD system or other pre-trial intervention.
If you agree to a Conditional Discharge, you’re agreeing to a one- to three-year supervisory period by the court.
You’ll usually be required to enroll in a drug treatment program, and you’ll be subjected to random drug tests.
There are fees associated with Conditional Discharge, but most of our clients consider that a small price to pay to avoid jail time and the fines associated with a drug conviction.
If you meet the terms of the CD and are not arrested again during the supervisory period, your case will end with the court dismissing the charges against you.
You’ll have no criminal record, and six months after a successful completion, you will be able to expunge the arrest record, too. However, if you fail to meet the terms of the CD, the original case will resume.
If you’re facing drug charges in New Jersey, it’s important that you make informed decisions and consult reliable legal counsel.
Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.