How does Conditional Discharge Work?
Who qualifies for a Conditional Discharge?
If you get arrested for a small-time misdemeanor drug charge, you can apply to get into the “Conditional Discharge” program.
(By the way, misdemeanors in Jersey are called Disorderly Person’s offenses.)
A conditional discharge is one of the probationary programs in NJ that helps first-time offenders.
You can apply for the program if you get arrested for drugs & your case is at the Municipal court level.
If you get arrested for drugs and your case is at the Superior court level, then you would be applying for PTI.
So why should you consider using the “Conditional Discharge” program?
You will not get a criminal record & you will avoid jail!
The court will put you on probation from 6 months to 2 years.
Once your term of probation is complete, your criminal charges get dismissed and it’s like “it never happened!!”
So, who gets to use a “Conditional Discharge”?
You cannot take advantage of this program if you have a previous drug conviction.
Also, you only get ONE “get-out-jail-free-card” in NJ.
This means that if you used PTI or Conditional Discharge before, then you can’t use it again.
If you violate the terms of your supervision, you’ll be back to square one.
If you get into the program, don’t ever think that you beat the charges and it’s ok to light up.
Keep in mind that you will be asked to give a urine or hair sample to show that you are drug free.
If your sample comes back dirty, things get real bad.
If you’d like more information about how the “conditional discharge” program works, give us a call today.
We’re here to help!