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I was arrested in NJ for possession of paraphernalia (which

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I was arrested in NJ for possession of paraphernalia (which was dirty, so got a marijuana charge as well). I was put into conditional discharge and completed the year without incident. Now 8+ years later, I get a tattered, barely legible letter in the mail saying I violated my conditional discharge and need to appear in court. I think two things could have happened. The first, which I will find out when they are open on Monday, is that they made a mistake. However lets assume I did in fact violate the conditional discharge, but they only discovered it now. Could they really hold that against me and resume prosecution nearly a decade later over a minor marijuana arrest when I was 19 (2004)? I live in California now, completed college, work for a good company, etc... This seems a bit ridiculous. Any insight would be appreciated.

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JD 1992 :

It would only be possible if they filed the "violation" before you were discharged. If ti was filed later since you were discharged it wouldn't have any effect.

JD 1992 :

I tend to agree with you, it was probably a mistake.

JD 1992 :

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Customer:

Im pretty sure it was a mistake, but its possible my final drug test turned up positive. But again, that was nearly a decade ago, and at the time, they didn't say anything. Then I got arrested for a similar charge about 2 years after that, and no mention was made of being still on conditional discharge

Customer:

So if its not a mistake, my guess is they lost the paperwork that said I failed the test, and finally found it....

JD 1992 :

It's like probation, they have to file a motion to revoke while you are on probation otherwise there is nothing to revoke.

Customer:

is it possible I was still on probation and they didn't realize or enforce it for 8 years?

Customer:

i assume they would have had to tell me it was extended while still actually on it

JD 1992 :

I don't see how. If they had extended it then you should have been served with a copy of the Motion to Extend.

Customer:

ok, pretty sure its a mistake then. can you think of any other complications, or should i just approach the call as if it was a clerical mistake I need to sort out?

JD 1992 :

Give them a call but if they don't cooperate then get a lawyer to handle it. Don't let them talk you into going there.

Customer:

lol, for sure. on a side note, is there any way i can spin this into something negative for them? I don't mind hiring a lawyer if it makes them look bad. I was never a fan of that towns criminal justice organization, they like to pick on the youth like crazy, and its a rich town with very little crime, so totally unnecessary

JD 1992 :

One of the local reporters might want to pick up on it as a dig at them. Wait until yuo get ot resolved first though.

Customer:

yeah, good point. ok, really appreciate the insight. thanks for your help!

JD 1992 :

You're very welcome. Best wishes to you.

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