New Jersey Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) Lawyer
Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney Jill Cohen Has Experience Fighting for Admission to the Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) in Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester and All Other Counties in New Jersey.
If you or a loved one have been sentenced to serve time in prison, you may feel as though you have no options for relief—after all, you have been through the New Jersey criminal process and exhausted all options for fighting your charges. At the Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, I am dedicated and determined to explore all available options, both for clients who continue to fight their charges and for those who have already been convicted and sentenced. The New Jersey intensive supervision program can provide a ray of hope for clients who are already serving time in jail. Hiring me to represent those that have been sentenced to prison increases your chances and opportunities for an early release. Even convictions for second degree crimes may be eligible for the program. I prepare you, family and friends to help assure that you are released.
Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney Fights for Clients to be Released From Prison Earlier Than Their Required Term and Represents Them in Hearings to Assure Their Early Release From Prison
New Jersey’s intensive supervision program essentially allows certain people who have already begun serving time in prison to qualify for supervised release much sooner than would be possible under the typical parole eligibility rules. The ISP program is perhaps more aptly characterized as a type of strict probation for those who have been convicted of certain types of crimes and are serving their sentences in a state prison but are not yet eligible for parole under the traditionally applicable rules. You may even apply for ISP after you serve a mandatory period of parole ineligibility if you are not yet entitled to be paroled. If you have questions about whether you may be eligible to participate in the ISP program, schedule a consultation with my office today. It is important to apply early so that any time in a prison will be minimalized.
Requirements for the New Jersey Intensive Supervision Program
New Jersey’s intensive supervision program is only available to individuals who have been convicted of certain and allows an eligible individual to leave prison and instead satisfy a term of supervised release. Before applying to participate, you will be required to complete at least 60 days of your jail sentence. However, if you are applying for a conviction of a second-degree crime, you may have to wait 90 days before you may be eligible. After release from prison via the ISP program, a 90-day “trial period” will begin. Throughout the entire term of intensive supervision, you will be required to:
- Obtain employment within 30 days of release, and maintain employment throughout the supervisory period,
- Complete your educational goals,
- Abide by a strict 6pm curfew before you gain employment,
- Provide financial support for any dependents,
- Participate in mandatory treatment and/or counseling programs,
- Obtain permission before leaving the state of New Jersey at any time,
- Refrain from carrying a firearm,
- Submit to home visits by an ISP officer, and allow the officer to search the premises without a warrant,
- Inform your employer that you are a participant in the ISP program,
- Submit to random drug and alcohol testing, and
- Satisfy all financial conditions ordered under the ISP program.
If your original prison sentence was at least five years, you will be required to remain under intensive supervision for at least 16 months following release, and potentially for the remainder of your original prison sentence. Even once you have been admitted into the program, you will be required to complete all conditions and continue to satisfy the judges that you should be allowed to continue to participate.
Battle-Tested Attorney Jill R. Cohen Puts Her Knowledge and Resources to Work for Clients Throughout Camden and Atlantic County, NJ
At the Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, I am dedicated to helping eligible clients gain entry into the intensive supervision program. In order to obtain entry into the program, you must first submit an application, although the application process cannot begin until after you have already been sentenced to prison. I will help get the application process started and stay with you through the process and hearing.
As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, I can provide guidance and assistance in completing the required application, which will be reviewed by a three-judge panel known as the screening board. If the screening board determines that you are a viable candidate for the program, it will then conduct an interview to obtain additional information, including information about how you plan to earn a living and where you intend to live upon release. A majority vote by the screening board will determine whether you are admitted into the ISP program. I will help you prepare to be successful at the hearing.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Gaining access to the ISP program can allow you to complete your punishment with your family and in your home, and your chances of admission can be greatly increased with the advice of a skilled criminal defense attorney to help prepare your application and guide you through the process. Call my offices or fill out our online contact form to discuss whether the intensive supervision program may be right for you or a loved one. I am available to visit you in prison, or a loved one can visit my offices, which are conveniently located at 210 Haddon Avenue, Westmont, NJ 08108.
FAQ: What information will the screening board consider in determining whether I will be admitted into the intensive supervision program?
All of the facts and circumstances of your case are relevant in determining whether you will gain entry into the ISP program. The screening board will first examine your criminal record and evaluate the crime for which you are serving prison time to determine initial eligibility. The judges will also evaluate whether you present any risk to public safety and whether it is expected that you will re-adjust to living positively within the community. Having support and therapeutic programs in place will increase your likelihood of success.
FAQ: Is anyone specifically excluded from participation in New Jersey’s intensive supervision program?
Yes. If you have been convicted of certain violent crimes, including homicide, vehicular homicide, sex crimes, robbery, organized crimes, as well as certain other first degree crimes, you will not be eligible to apply for the ISP program. Further, those who have already participated in the intensive supervision program in the past may be ineligible. ISP is also not available if you have been convicted of a first-degree crime. If the prosecutor objects to your participation in the ISP program and you have been convicted of a second-degree crime, you may be ineligible until you have served at least six months of your prison sentence and come within nine months of traditional parole eligibility.
Ms. Cohen has been successful in helping many individuals be accepted into the program. Call her to discuss ISP.