Many people who are charged with crimes are law-abiding citizens who find themselves embroiled in unfortunate situations. As such, criminal defendants in New Jersey who meet certain criteria may request pre-trial intervention (PTI), which allows them to avoid the rigors and consequences of a typical criminal trial. Only certain people are eligible for PTI, though, as discussed in a recent New Jersey opinion in a case involving assault. If you are charged with a criminal offense, it is in our best interest to speak to a New Jersey criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your rights.
The Alleged Assault
It is reported that the defendant became intoxicated and struck another individual in the head with a beer bottle when he was in a bar. The defendant admitted to being intoxicated and intending to cause the victim harm, even though he did not know him. The victim suffered a laceration and required medical attention.
Allegedly, the defendant was charged with numerous crimes, including assault and weapons offenses. He applied for PTI, and Probation recommended him for admission, but his application was denied. He appealed, and the Superior Court remanded the matter, after which his application was again denied. He appealed once more, but his second appeal was denied. He was convicted as charged, and he appealed a third time, arguing the trial court erred in not granting his PTI appeal. (more…)