What is a Conditional Discharge?
Those charged with a drug crime in New Jersey will often ask, “What is a conditional discharge?” A conditional discharge is one of the routes our attorneys may explore to greatly reduce your charges and minimize your punishments. For more information, contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
What is a Conditional Discharge? | First-Time Offender Eligibility
If our client has had prior convictions for drug offenses, that prior conviction becomes a big factor in how we handle the case. If they haven’t any prior convictions, then our client might be eligible for what’s called a “conditional discharge.” A conditional discharge is not a plea of guilty of any sort and there is no loss of license. It simply requires an application fee and then reporting to the Department of Probation, usually for over six months or a year, depending on which judge will be hearing your conditional discharge.
It is a reasonable way of dealing with the case that you might not be able to win either on a motion to suppress or at trial. A conditional discharge, essentially, is a diversionary program. Ordinarily, it’s maybe only one or two visits to the Department of Probation. Once the conditional discharge period is over the case gets dismissed. However, one of the downsides is that you can only receive a conditional discharge once in your life.
What is a Conditional Discharge? | Violations
If you get rearrested or you don’t abide by the terms of the conditional discharge, you will then be in a violation of the conditional discharge. If that does happen, then the case gets resurrected and you then have to face that charge from the beginning. As an experienced criminal defense attorney who has successfully defended hundreds of drug possession cases, I would like to put people at ease because incarceration doesn’t seem terribly common for possession of small levels of marijuana, small levels of cocaine, and small levels of heroin.
Contact an experienced New Jersey drug crime lawyer today to find out how your punishments can be minimized.
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