In New Jersey, if you have been accused of a drug crime, it may be possible to avoid jail time by taking part in the Pretrial Intervention Program, or PTI. Generally, the program is only available if you have been accused of a drug offense for the first time, and you can only enroll in the program once.

Completion of PTI allows for the drug charges against you to be dismissed, and consequently you will not have a conviction on your record. PTI typically requires individuals to check in with a probation officer and fulfill other obligations such as community service and drug treatment.

A 25-year-old Wildwood man may want to look into his defense options after police executed a search warrant at a local residence. The man was arrested and charged with third-degree drug crimes and one second-degree offense of endangering a child’s welfare.

Police claim to have found 146 bags of heroin and an undisclosed amount of the prescription drug Buprenorphine.

If convicted on the child endangerment charge, the man could face a state prison sentence of 5 to 10 years.

Two other people were also taken into custody at the residence. Those individuals, both in their 20s, were arrested on outstanding warrants and have since been released from jail.

With the rise in heroin-related deaths in New Jersey, Wildwood residents can expect authorities to continue to crack down on suspected drug activity. However, a drug charge does not automatically lead to a conviction. Depending on the circumstances of the case, there may be defense options for having charges reduced or dismissed.

Source: Cape May County Herald, “Narcotics Investigation Leads to Arrest; 146 Bags of Heroin Seized,” March 7, 2014