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Conditional Discharge in the world of lawyers and judges is known as a “Diversionary Program“. Basically, the court is trying to give you a different option OTHER Than going through the process of a trial. That means that the judge and prosecutor might just be willing to OVERLOOK the entire incident that you got yourself into, and you might just be able to get a fresh start.
To be eligible, you must have never used this program or a program like it in the past. In addition, if you use the program now, you will never be eligible to use a diversion program again in the future. You’re going to have to pay some money, and you are going to have to STAY OUT OF TROUBLE for a period of time. But, if you do all that (and pass any drug tests), the state will basically wipe the slate clean. You will have no record of the charge and certainly no criminal record. However, there WILL be a record of your arrest.
On the bright side, this won’t show up on job searches but it will show up if you end up in court again. If you have an issue with that, after a certain period of time (usually about 6 months), you can get this expunged from your record.
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The Conditional Discharge Program in NJ: A Section 36 Application
If you have never been arrested for a drug charge in NJ before, and you have never used a diversion program before, then you should be eligible for a section 36 application known as the conditional discharge program. This program is only available in Municipal Court on certain minor drug charges (known as disorderly persons offenses, misdemeanor). For example, possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia are the two most common charges that defendants apply for a conditional discharge for.
The court will run your background (known as a “CCH” or criminal history) to confirm that you have no prior criminal record and that you have not utilized a diversion program before (such as PTI, conditional discharge or a conditional dismissal). If the CCH comes up clean, the Judge will place you on probation for six (6) months to one (1) year. You must remain arrest free during that time and you must pass any drug tests administered to you. You must also pay the mandatory program fees (usually about $750 or $800).
If you do all those things, the case will be dismissed at the end of your probationary period. You can only use a program like this once in your life. You do not have to plead guilty to get into the program. Also, you should not lose your driver’s license if you are admitted into the program. Lots of positives. Once the case is dismissed, you have no criminal record. However, there is still an arrest record. You have to wait six months and then you can expunge (remove) the arrest from your record. For more information, contact our NJ drug charge defense lawyers now for a free initial consultation at 201-556-1570.