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First Offender Programs In New Jersey

New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers Explain First Offender Programs

Criminal records can have long-term consequences on employment, education, finances and other areas of life. First time offender programs in New Jersey offer certain defendants the opportunity to put that first offense behind them and start with a clean slate. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Lomurro Law in Monmouth County are dedicated to helping New Jersey first-time offenders receive the opportunity they deserve to have a new start on life.

First Offender Programs

First offender programs offers first time offenders the opportunity to avoid traditional criminal prosecution by successfully completing an established rehabilitation program and meeting other requirements. These programs are typically offered to those without a prior criminal record; specifics of first offender programs vary from state to state. In New Jersey, first time offenders may participate in a Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI).

New Jersey’s Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI)

New Jersey’s Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) seeks to address the conditions that appear to cause crime. The PTI program is designed for first time offenders who may benefit from early rehabilitative services, with the goal of ultimately deterring future criminal activity. Key components of the program are as follows:

  • Rehabilitative services are offered shortly after the alleged offense to most effectively address the behavior that contributed to the offense
  • PTI offers early resolution of the criminal charge, serving the best interests of the defendant, the victim and the public
  • Defendants who successfully complete the PTI program will not have a record of the criminal conviction
  • PTI eliminates many of the expenses incurred in a formal court process

Who Can Apply For Participation In The Pretrial Intervention Program?

Adults who do not have a previous record of conviction, who have been charged with an indictable offense in New Jersey criminal or municipal courts, may apply for participation in New Jersey’s Pretrial Intervention (PTI) program. Those offenders who have committed minor violations are not eligible for the program if the likely result is a fine or suspended sentence. Those defendants who have been previously granted a conditional discharge of a diversionary program are also excluded from participating in the PTI program.

Wonder If You Are Eligible For New Jersey’s First Offender Program? Give Us A Call.

Facing a criminal charge is scary and serious. Having the opportunity to avoid prosecution and a criminal record is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. If you have been charged with a crime for the first time, give us a call. At Lomurro Law, our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys have more than 130 years combined experience. Our main office is in Freehold, we can meet you in person or by videoconference. Contact our office at 732-482-9285 or online to schedule a consultation.