Marijuana and Marijuana related offenses have grown in frequency over the last few years. Being convicted of a drug offense can have serious consequences for your future. If you or a loved one been charged with a disorderly persons drug offense or an indictable drug offense downgraded to municipal court, you may be eligible for a diversionary program called a conditional discharge pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:36A-1.
If you fit the eligibility requirements for a conditional discharge, you will be placed on supervision for up to three years, although normally it is a year. Once the program is completed, the charges are dismissed and you have avoided having a criminal record.
While the charges are dismissed, it is important to remember the arrest is still on your record. However, six months after the completion of the conditional discharge, you are eligible to have the whole matter, arrest included, expunged from your record. It is important to remember you are eligible for only one diversionary program, including Pre-trial Intervention.
If you have been charged with a marijuana or marijuana related offense it is important to hire an experienced criminal lawyer. Let the Law Office of Jason A. Volet review all the facts and circumstances of your case and determine all defenses to your case, and if there are no viable defenses, will ensure your entering the program.
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney, Jason A. Volet focuses his practice exclusively on criminal and municipal defense in New Jersey and New York. He earned his B.A. in political science from Rutgers College in 1995 and his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law in 1998. Mr. Volet began his career in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, where he gained extensive experience prosecuting both juvenile and adult offenders. Now, as a criminal defense attorney, he uses that experience to fight for the rights of individuals who have been charged with a crime.