Let’s say that you’ve been arrested for Simple Assault.
The allegation is that you slapped someone.
Simple Assault is a misdemeanor (disorderly persons) charge in New Jersey and these cases are heard in Municipal Court.
If you have a clean record & the case against is strong, you may choose to go into the Conditional Dismissal program.
The reason for doing this is to keep your record clean.
Since the case against you is strong, you may believe that the judge will find you guilty if it goes to trial.
This “dismissal” is a quick fix to putting an end to the whole nightmare.
However, just like the name of the program suggests, there are certain “conditions” that you have to fulfill.
To be eligible for the Conditional Dismissal program, you need to have a clean record. This means that you have no prior convictions. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been arrested. You just can’t have any convictions.
Next, you must never have received any other type of probation.
To repeat once more, your charge cannot involve drugs.
Remember, there’s a different program called Conditional Discharge & it’s for drugs.
The whole purpose of the Conditional Dismissal program is for you to NOT get a conviction.
If you get into the program after you plead guilty or are found guilty, you will not get a conviction on your record.
Of course, you have to pay all fines and comply with the conditions of your program.
For example, you can not get another conviction or violate a “no-contact” order.
The program lasts one year.
Assuming that you’ve complied with all conditions, your case will be dismissed at the end of one year.
If you are convicted of a new offense or violate any term and condition imposed by the court, the judge can enter a judgment of conviction against you.
In other words, you wasted your one and only opportunity to keep your record clean.
If you are not a United States and have heard about the Conditional Dismissal program, it is important to consult with an immigration attorney.
We offer immigration services at our firm.
The problem for Non-U.S. Citizens is that your “guilty plea” may serve as the basis for your deportation.
It does not matter that the case will ultimately be dismissed.
Just call us and we will help you.
a. A court imposing a sentence of incarceration for a crime of the first or second degree enumerated in subsection d. of this section shall fix a minimum term of 85% of the sentence imposed, during which the defendant shall not be eligible for parole.
b. The minimum term required by subsection a. of this section shall be fixed as a part of every sentence of incarceration imposed upon every conviction of a crime enumerated in subsection d. of this section, whether the sentence of incarceration is determined pursuant to N.J.S.2C:43-6, N.J.S.2C:43-7, N.J.S.2C:11-3 or any other provision of law, and shall be calculated based upon the sentence of incarceration actually imposed. The provisions of subsection a. of this section shall not be construed or applied to reduce the time that must be served before eligibility for parole by an inmate sentenced to a mandatory minimum period of incarceration. Solely for the purpose of calculating the minimum term of parole ineligibility pursuant to subsection a. of this section, a sentence of life imprisonment shall be deemed to be 75 years.
c. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and in addition to any other sentence imposed, a court imposing a minimum period of parole ineligibility of 85 percent of the sentence pursuant to this section shall also impose a five-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the first degree, or a three-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the second degree. The term of parole supervision shall commence upon the completion of the sentence of incarceration imposed by the court pursuant to subsection a. of this section unless the defendant is serving a sentence of incarceration for another crime at the time he completes the sentence of incarceration imposed pursuant to subsection a., in which case the term of parole supervision shall commence immediately upon the defendant’s release from incarceration. During the term of parole supervision the defendant shall remain in release status in the community in the legal custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and shall be supervised by the State Parole Board as if on parole and shall be subject to the provisions and conditions
1st-degree felony charges in NJ are reserved for the most serious criminal offenses.