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The Two Faces of Conditional Discharge: NY vs. NJ

bigstock-Surreal-Portrait-55677365.jpgThe term "conditional discharge" is becoming an increasingly confusing term because conditional discharges exists in different states but they don't have the same meaning. A prime example is the difference between New Jersey and New York's versions. In New Jersey, a conditional discharge is an alternative disposition afforded to defendants charged with certain drug offenses. The statute is NJSA 2C:36A-1. It is available only in the municipal courts and generally refers to a suspension in the proceedings whereby the case is taken off the prosecution track. Instead, the defendant undergoes a period of probation that, if successfully completed, will result in the charges being dismissed. Conditional discharges are only available in cases charging a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons violation of chapter 35 or 36, which relate to drug offenses in New Jersey. We talked about the potential benefits of a conditional discharge in NJ in a previous post.

Are There Immigration Consequences to New Jersey 2C:33-2.1 Wandering for Drugs?

Foreign nationals charged with drug-related crimes in New Jersey need to be aware that there may be consequences that extend far beyond the criminal penalties associated with the offense. In the immigration context, a conviction for a crime that involves controlled dangerous substances can not only potentially thwart an application for permanent residence but also result in an individual's removal from the United States.

Are There Deportation Consequences to 2C:33-2 New Jersey Disorderly Conduct?

Considered something of a "catch-all" because it covers such a broad range of unlawful conduct, Disorderly Conduct is one of the most frequently charged criminal offenses in New Jersey. It is usually lodged as an original offense or in many cases, offered as a downgrade or amendment to a more serious criminal offense. N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 defines the crime as follows (as of 2014):

What is the Effect of a New Jersey Expungement on Immigration Status?

The short answer, at the risk of being overly simplistic, is that there is no effect. Expungements, in general, are often very useful to individuals who have pled or been found guilty of criminal offenses; however, it does not vitiate the effect of such a conviction on an individual's immigration status. In other words, even though an expungement might serve to remove any record of a person's arrest/conviction in New Jersey, it does not "erase it" for purposes of immigration, whether that means in the context of deportability, inadmissibility, prosecutorial discretion motions, eligibility for relief in immigration court, or applying for naturalization. The conviction still exists in the immigration arena, even though it practically disappears from most other contexts of an individual's life.


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    • New Jersey State Bar Association | Paris Lee Chair - Immigration Section 2015-2016
    • Nationally Recognized | Newsweek Nationwide Showcase | Top Attorneys 2013
    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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