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The Law Office of Thomas H. Martin Esq.Serving New Jersey With Integrity And Commitment

Being arrested and charged with a crime is one of the most stressful things that a person can go through.   In addition to a record, a conviction can result in fines or jail time and affect you driver’s license or job. The criminal justice system can be intimidating. You may feel confused and overwhelmed. A New Jersey criminal defense attorney can walk you through the process and protect your rights. Thomas H. Martin Esq. is committed to getting you the best result possible, either through a plea agreement or trial. Mr. Martin is a criminal defense attorney experienced in handling all types of criminal cases, ranging from traffic offenses and low-level misdemeanors to major felonies.  He goes to court all the time and routinely deals with the prosecutors and judges in New Jersey.

With years of experience trying cases in New Jersey, he will work with you to prepare your case for trial, and he will be there to answer any questions or concerns that may arise during the handeling of your casel.   Thomas H. Martin Esq. will provide you with competent advice regarding all available options so that you can make informed decisions regarding how your case will be handled.

When you are going up against the State of New Jersey you need experienced legal counsel. Regardless of whether you are facing an indictable criminal charge in the Superior Court, a drug charge in Municipal Court, a DWI, or even a simple motor vehicle charge you want to have the best possible result. Thomas H. Martin has been helping people face the most difficult of situations for years. Contact Thomas H. Martin at (732) 431-2224 to arrainge a free consultation.

Pretrial Intervention (PTI)

Pretrial intervention (PTI) is governed by state laws, which vary by state. It provides defendants, generally first-time offenders, with opportunities for alternatives to the traditional criminal justice process of ordinary prosecution. It may be connected to rehabilitative services that focus on the connection between the social, cultural, and economic conditions that often result in a defendant’s decision to commit crime.

The Pre-trial Intervention (PTI) program offers defendants an alternative to the traditional criminal justice process.  PTI offers early rehabilitative services, when such services can reasonably be expected to deter future criminal behavior.  The PTI program is based on a rehabilitative model that recognizes the connection between the offense charged and the needs of a defendant. Additionally, this model is based on the reality that social, cultural, and economic conditions often result in a defendant’s decision to commit crime.  Simply put, PTI attempts to solve the problems which tend to result from the conditions that appear to cause crime. Ultimately, the program seeks to deter future criminal behavior by a defendant.

There are several benefits to PTI.  First, if the program is successfully completed, there is no record of conviction.  As a result, the defendant avoids the stigma of a criminal record.   Second, early intervention encourages rehabilitation soon after the alleged offense, in an attempt to correct the behavior that led to the alleged crime.  Third, the high costs associated with the formal court process are avoided when a defendant is accepted into PTI.  Fourth, the early resolution of the case serves the interests of the victim, the public and the defendant. Finally, PTI lightens the scheduling burden on Courts and permits resources to be devoted to more serious crimes.

The period of PTI probation may average from one to three years. There are certain basic conditions that are imposed on those accepted into the program.  For instance, PTI often requires random urine monitoring.  The program may also require a term of community service, payment of restitution, and submission to psychological and/or substance abuse evaluations.  Upon successful completion of PTI, the original charges are dismissed.  More important, there is no record of conviction.  If a defendant fails to successfully complete PTI, then he or she is terminated from the program and the case is returned to the trial list.

Any defendant who is charged with an indictable offense may apply to PTI.  However, admission guidelines stated in the Court Rules provide certain criteria.   First, PTI is offered only to adult offenders and not juveniles.  Second, PTI was created for New Jersey residents.  Nevertheless, residents of other states who are charged with offenses in New Jersey may apply to the program.  Third, only defendants charged with criminal offenses may apply for PTI.  Those charged with motor vehicle offenses may not apply. Fourth, defendants charged with less serious offenses are not eligible.  Fifth, defendants who have been previously convicted are generally not permitted into PTI. Sixth, as a general rule parolees and probationers are not permitted.  Finally, defendants who have previously been granted a diversionary program or conditional discharge are not permitted into PTI.

By successfullly completing the terms of the PTI, a defendant may be able to avoid charges on their criminal record. Pretrial intervention may also be referred to as a conditional discharge or diversionary program.

The following is an example of a state’s pretrial intervention conditions:

Supervision under the PTI program may average from one to three years. Certain standard conditions are imposed on those accepted into PTI, such as, random urine monitoring, and assessments for fees, penalties and fines. Additional conditions may also be imposed to require the performance of community service, payment of restitution, and submission to psychological and/or drug and alcohol evaluations with compliance to recommended treatment programs.

If a defendant successfully completes all the conditions of PTI, then the original charges are dismissed and there is no record of conviction.

If a defendant does not successfully complete the conditions of PTI, then the defendant is terminated from the PTI program and the case is returned to the trial list.

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