On August 10, 2015, Governor Christie signed a new law regarding those faced with domestic violence charges in New Jersey.
The new law requires a defendant to plead guilty before entering a pretrial program. Previously, a guilty plea was not always required for a defendant to enter the Pre Trial Intervention (PTI) program, for example.
The law also removes the presumption against incarceration for certain cases. Typically, a first offender charged with a third or fourth degree crime in New Jersey would be given a presumption against jail time. However, this new law removes this presumption in certain domestic violence cases.
If you are charged with domestic violence, it is important to speak with an attorney regarding your rights. Jason T. Komninos, Esq. offers free consultations and can be reached at (201) 343-4622.