Philadelphia, PA asked in Criminal Law and Education Law for New Jersey

Q: I was charged with terroristic threats and offered PTI because that’s what my public defender told me would be the best.

I would like to get an appeal and take this to trial if I could, because I wasn’t really aware what PTI was and I didn’t know that the conviction or charge would still show up as active on my record. I’ve been denied 3 jobs now, and kicked out of school because of this which I believe is really really unfair. My public defender didn’t even try to get me a fair trail because I know for a fact they don’t have evidence because it wasn’t true and I would never threaten anyone with words. I don’t think that’s fair. Would it be possible to get a re-Trial. I went to court January 7th I believe.

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Leon Matchin
Leon Matchin
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Milltown, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Your best bet is to hire a private attorney to take the case to trial because sounds like the public defender's office doesn't feel that they want to spend their time taking your case to trial for whatever reason. If you have a budget for a private attorney then that's your best bet. Good luck!

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Yes you can probably get what you want, but remember if you lose the trial you have to be willing to accept the consequences of a guilty verdict which could be jail. Obviously we don't know anything about your case, BUT this is what every attorney must tell their clients prior to trial when an offer such as PTI is on the table.

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