2C:43-13.1 Conditional Dismissal Eligibility and application.
1. Eligibility and Application. a. Whenever any defendant who has not been previously convicted of any petty disorderly persons offense, disorderly persons offense or crime under any law of the United States, this State or any other state, and who has not previously participated in conditional discharge under N.J.S.2C:36A-1, supervisory treatment under N.J.S.2C:43-12, or conditional dismissal under P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1 et al.), is charged with a petty disorderly offense or disorderly persons offense except as provided in subsection b. of this section, the defendant may, after a plea of guilty or a finding of guilt, but prior to the entry of a judgment of conviction and with appropriate notice to the prosecutor, apply to the court for entry into the conditional dismissal program pursuant to the requirements of P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1 et al.). As a condition of such application, the defendant shall submit to the fingerprint identification procedures as provided in R.S.53:1-15 before making such application to the court to allow sufficient time for verification of the defendant's criminal history by the prosecutor.
b. (1) A defendant shall not be eligible for participation in the conditional dismissal program if the offense for which the person is charged involved: (a) organized criminal or gang activity; (b) a continuing criminal business or enterprise; (c) a breach of the public trust by a public officer or employee; (d) domestic violence as defined by subsection a. of section 3 of P.L.1991, c.261 (C.2C:25-19); (e) an offense against an elderly, disabled or minor person; (f) an offense involving driving or operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug; (g) a violation of animal cruelty laws; or (h) any disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense under chapter 35 or 36 of Title 2C.
(2)Nothing in this act shall preclude a defendant charged with any disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense under chapter 35 or 36 of Title 2C from applying to the court for admission into the conditional discharge program in accordance with N.J.S.2C:36A-1.
c. In addition to the eligibility criteria enumerated in this section, the court shall consider the following factors:
(1)The nature and circumstances of the offense;
(2)The facts surrounding the commission of the offense;
(3)The motivation, age, character and attitude of the defendant;
(4)The desire of the complainant or victim to forego prosecution;
(5)The needs and interests of the victim and the community;
(6)The extent to which the defendant's offense constitutes part of a continuing pattern of anti-social behavior;
(7)Whether the offense is of an assaultive or violent nature, whether in the act itself or in the possible injurious consequences of such behavior;
(8)Whether the applicant's participation will adversely affect the prosecution of codefendants;
(9)Whether diversion of the defendant from prosecution is consistent with the public interest; and
(10) Any other factors deemed relevant by the court.
2C:43-13.2 Court approval of defendant's participation in conditional dismissal program.
2. Court Approval of Defendant's Participation in Conditional Dismissal Program. After considering the eligibility criteria set forth in section 1 of P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1), the defendant's criminal history and the municipal prosecutor's recommendation, the court may, without entering a judgment of conviction, and after proper reference to the State Bureau of Identification criminal history record information files, approve the defendant's participation in the conditional dismissal program established pursuant to P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1 et al.) and place the defendant under a probation monitoring status for a period of one year. The court may also impose financial obligations and other terms and conditions in accordance with P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1 et al.). Where the court approves a defendant's participation in the conditional dismissal program over the municipal prosecutor's objection, the order approving the defendant's participation in the program shall be a final order but upon request of the municipal prosecutor shall be stayed for a period of 10 days in order to permit the prosecutor to appeal such order to the Superior Court.
L.2013, c.158, s.2.
2C:43-13.3 Extension of conditional dismissal term.
3. Extension of Conditional Dismissal Term. A defendant may apply to the court for an extension of a term of conditional dismissal pursuant to the provisions of P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1 et al.) to allow sufficient time to pay financial obligations imposed by the court. A judge may also extend a defendant's conditional dismissal term for good cause.
2C:43-13.4 Violation of terms prior to dismissal.
4. Violation of Terms Prior To Dismissal. If a defendant who is participating in the conditional dismissal program established pursuant to P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1 et al.) is convicted of any petty disorderly persons offense, disorderly persons offense or crime under any law of the United States, this State or any other state, or otherwise fails to comply with the terms and conditions imposed by the court, the court may enter a judgment of conviction and impose a fine, penalty, or other assessment which may be imposed by the court in accordance with the defendant's prior plea of guilty or finding of guilt.
L.2013, c.158, s.4.
5. Dismissal. If, at the end of the term of the conditional dismissal, the defendant has not been convicted of any subsequent petty disorderly persons offense, disorderly persons offense or crime under any law of the United States, this State or any other state, and has complied with any other terms and conditions imposed by the court, the court may terminate the probation monitoring and dismiss the proceedings against the defendant.
L.2013, c.158, s.5.
2C:43-13.6 Effect of dismissal.
6. Effect of Dismissal. The conditional dismissal of petty disorderly persons or disorderly persons offenses granted pursuant to P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1 et al.) shall not be deemed a conviction for purposes of disqualifications or disabilities, if any, imposed by law upon conviction of a petty disorderly persons or disorderly persons offense but shall be reported to the State Bureau of Identification criminal history record information files for purposes of determining future eligibility or exclusion from court diversion programs. A conditional dismissal granted pursuant to P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1 et al.) shall not be deemed a conviction for the purposes of determining whether a second or subsequent offense has occurred under any law of this State.
7. Limitation. A conditional dismissal pursuant to P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1 et al.) shall be granted only once with respect to any defendant.
2C:43-13.8 Conditional dismissal assessment, restitution and other assessments.
8. Conditional Dismissal Assessment, Restitution and Other Assessments. A defendant applying for admission to the conditional dismissal program pursuant to P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1 et al.) shall pay to the court an application fee of $75 which, upon collection, shall be deposited into the "Municipal Court Diversion Fund" established pursuant to section 9 of P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.9). Monies in the fund shall be used to defray the cost of intake and monitoring services related to the defendant's participation in the conditional dismissal program as provided by the Probation Division of the Superior Court. If admitted into the program, the defendant shall be required to pay any restitution, costs, and other mandatory assessments that would have been imposed by law for a conviction of the offense charged.
A municipal court judge may impose an assessment, based on the nature of the offense and the character of the defendant, that shall not exceed the amount of a fine that would have been imposed for conviction of the offense charged. Such assessment shall be distributed in the same manner as a fine for the offense charged. A defendant shall be advised of these financial conditions prior to seeking entry into the program.
A defendant may apply for a waiver of the fee, by reason of poverty, pursuant to the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey, or the court may permit the defendant to pay the conditional dismissal fee and other assessments in installments or may order other alternatives pursuant to section 1 of P.L.2009, c.317 (C.2B:12-23.1).