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  ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS STATE OF NEW JERSEY GLENN A. GRANT, J.A.D. ACTING ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COURTS RICHARD J. HUGHES JUSTICE COMPLEX PO BOX 037 TRENTON, NEW JERSEY [Questions
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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS STATE OF NEW JERSEY GLENN A. GRANT, J.A.D. ACTING ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COURTS RICHARD J. HUGHES JUSTICE COMPLEX PO BOX 037 TRENTON, NEW JERSEY [Questions or comments may be directed to ] TO: ASSIGNMENT JUDGES CRIMINAL PRESIDING JUDGES Directive # (Supersedes Directives #4-02, #12-03 and #13-05) FROM: GLENN A. GRANT, J.A.D. SUBJ: CRIMINAL PLEA FORMS AND JUDGMENT OF CONVICTION DATE: OCTOBER 8, 2008 This Directive (1) reissues all of the previously promulgated criminal plea forms, and (2) promulgates amendments to certain of those plea forms and to the Judgment of Conviction as recommended by the Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee. The Certification Application for Appointment of a Private Prosecutor (Attachment 3 of Directive #13-05) is being reissued under a separate directive (Directive #13-08). Thus, those three prior directives Directives #4-02, #12-03, and #13-05 are now superseded in their entirety. However, to the extent that those prior Directives contained explanatory information, judges may still find them instructive. The amendments are promulgated pursuant to the authority of Rule 3:9-2, which provides that plea forms are to be in a form prescribed by the Administrative Director of the Courts. In addition, the Supreme Court, at its March 1, 1999 Administrative Conference similarly delegated to the Administrative Director the authority and responsibility to approve the form of the Judgment of Conviction. Each form also will be posted separately on the forms page of the Judiciary Internet website at You should begin using these forms as soon as possible. English and English- Spanish versions of all forms promulgated by this Directive are attached. Directive #14-08 October 8, 2008 Page 2 Any questions or comments regarding this Directive, or the appended forms, should be directed to Assistant Director Joseph J. Barraco, Esq. at (609) PLEA FORMS 1. Four-Page Plea Form Attachment 1 (Supersedes Attachment 1 of Directive #13-05 and Supplement to Directive #13-05) The four-page Plea Form has been amended as follows: 1) to add questions #4d and 4e addressing the defendant s understanding that he/she is waiving review of the denial of any pretrial motions, except those specifically reserved for appellate review, and adding language designed to set forth those matters that are preserved for appeal, pursuant to the court rules, notwithstanding a guilty plea. 2) to add question #7b to address sentencing exposure if a defendant is pleading guilty to a charge that requires a mandatory extended term. 3) to amend question #17 addressing immigration to add paragraphs a and b to inquire into whether the defendant is a United States citizen. If the defendant answers No, to advise the defendant of the consequence that by virtue of the guilty plea, the defendant could be deported. 4) to add new questions #18a and 18b to advise the defendant of the possible restrictions pursuant to the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision. The remaining questions on the form have been renumbered. 2. Supplemental Plea Form for Non-Negotiated Attachment 2 Pleas (Supersedes Attachment 2 of Directive #4-02) There are no changes to this plea form. 3. Supplemental Plea Form for Sexual Offenses Attachment 3 (Supersedes Attachment 3 of Directive #4-02) There are no changes to this plea form. Directive #14-08 October 8, 2008 Page 3 4. Additional Questions for Certain Sexual Attachment 4 Offenses Committed on or after December 1, 1998 (Supersedes Attachment 2 of Directive #12-03) There are no changes to this plea form. 5. Additional Questions for Certain Sexual Attachment 5 Offenses (Megan s Law Plea Form) (Supersedes Attachment 2 of Directive #13-05) The Additional Questions for Certain Sexual Offenses (Megan s Law Plea Form) has been amended as follows: 1) Effective March 1, 2007, L. 2007, c. 19, amended Megan s Law, N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2, to upgrade the penalty for failure to register as a sex offender from a fourth degree crime to a third degree crime. The law also imposes a penalty for failure to verify an address. It is a fourth degree crime for a person to knowingly provide false information concerning his place of residence or to fail to verify his address as required by Megan s Law. Questions #1(c) and 2(b) on the Additional Questions for Certain Sexual Offenses Plea Form have been amended accordingly. 2) Effective February 27, 2008, L. 2007, c. 219 limits internet access for certain sex offenders who are subject to Megan s Law registration, community or parole supervision for life or who are under probation or parole supervision. It further provides that any person who fails to comply with internet access conditions is guilty of a fourth degree crime. Questions #1(d) and 1(e) have been added to the form to address this law. 3) Question #7 of the form has also been amended to reflect that an individual could be subject to civil commitment for up to a life term. 6. Supplemental Plea Form for Drug Offenses Attachment 6 (Supersedes Attachment 8 of Directive # 4-02) Effective January 12, 2006, L. 2005, c. 343, amended the Driver s License Suspension statute, N.J.S.A. 2C: The amendments authorize the court to refrain from imposing a driver s license suspension on a defendant convicted of a drug offense upon a finding of compelling Directive #14-08 October 8, 2008 Page 4 circumstances by the court. Pursuant to the statute compelling circumstances exist if the forfeiture of a person s driver s license will result in extreme hardship and alternative means of transportation are not available. Question #2a of the Supplemental Plea Form for Drug Offenses has been amended accordingly. In addition, the questions on the plea form have been renumbered as questions #1 and #2. 7. Supplemental Plea Form for Theft of a Motor Attachment 7 Vehicle and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle (Supersedes Attachment 7 of Directive #4-02) There are no changes to this plea form. 8. Additional Questions for Certain Drug and Attachment 8 Weapons Offenses Committed on or after June 24, 1998 (Supersedes Attachment 9 of Directive #4-02) There are no changes to this plea form. 9. Supplemental Plea Form for No Early Release Attachment 9 Act Cases (for crimes occurring between June 9, 1997 and June 29, 2001). (Supersedes Attachment 10 of Directive #4-02) There are no changes to this plea form. 10. Supplemental Plea Form for No Early Release Attachment 10 Act Cases (for crimes occurring on or after June 29, 2001) (Supersedes Attachment 11 of Directive #4-02) There are no changes to this plea form. 11. Supplemental Plea Form for Graves Act Cases Attachment 11 (Supersedes Attachment 12 of Directive #4-02) There are no changes to this plea form. Directive #14-08 October 8, 2008 Page 5 JUDGMENT OF CONVICTION 12. Judgment of Conviction (JOC) Attachment 12 (Supersedes Attachments 4 and 5 of Directive #12-03) The Judgment of Conviction has been amended: 1) To clarify that lifetime community supervision for sex offenders is parole supervision for life for offenses occurring on or after January 14, Language has been added indicating that the court is sentencing the defendant to parole supervision for life (PSL). In addition, language limiting community supervision for life (CSL) for offenses occurring before January 14, 2004 has been added to the JOC. 2) To include a penalty pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:14-10, which established the Sex Crime Victim Treatment Fund and requires that a new penalty be assessed against any person convicted of a sex offense as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2. 3) To include a penalty pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:43-3.6, which requires that an $800 Statewide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Penalty be assessed for offenses that occurred on or after May 4, 2001 and are defined as a sex offense in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2. In addition, the three-page JOC used in cases involving theft of a motor vehicle or unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and the two-page JOC used in all other cases have been consolidated into one four-page reformatted form. The new four-page Judgment of Conviction should be used for all offenses. Attachments cc: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner Attorney General Anne Milgram Public Defender Yvonne Smith Segars County Prosecutors Deborah Gramiccioni, DCJ Director AOC Directors and Assistant Directors Regional Deputy Public Defenders Trial Court Administrators Criminal Division Managers Steven D. Bonville, Esq., Special Assistant Vance D. Hagins, Esq. John Wieck Melaney S. Payne, Esq. ATTACHMENT 1 FOUR-PAGE PLEA FORM ENGLISH AND ENGLISH-SPANISH VERSIONS New Jersey Judiciary Plea Form County Prosecutor File Number Defendant s Name: before Judge: List the charges to which you are pleading guilty: Statutory Maximum Ind./Acc./Comp.# Count Nature of Offense Degree Time Fine VCCA Assmt* Max Max Max Max Max Your total exposure as the result of this plea is:...total 2. Please Circle Appropriate Answer a. Did you commit the offense(s) to which you are pleading guilty? b. Do you understand that before the judge can find you guilty, you will have to tell the judge what you did that makes you guilty of the particular offense(s)? 3. Do you understand what the charges mean? 4. Do you understand that by pleading guilty you are giving up certain rights? Among them are: a. The right to a jury trial in which the State must prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt? b. The right to remain silent? c. The right to confront the witnesses against you? d. Do you understand that by pleading you are not waiving your right to appeal (1) the denial of a motion to suppress physical evidence (R. 3:5-7(d)) or (2) the denial of acceptance into a pretrial intervention program (PTI) (R. 3:28(g))? e. Do you further understand that by pleading guilty you are waiving your right to appeal the denial of all other pretrial motions except the following: 5. Do you understand that if you plead guilty: a. You will have a criminal record? b. Unless the plea agreement provides otherwise, you could be sentenced to serve the maximum time in confinement, to pay the maximum fine and to pay the maximum Victims of Crime Compensation Agency Assessment? c. You must pay a minimum Victims of Crime Compensation Agency assessment of $50 ($100 minimum if you are convicted of a crime of violence) for each count to which you plead guilty? (Penalty is $30 if offense occurred between January 9, 1986 and December 22, 1991 inclusive. $25 if offense occurred before January 1, 1986.) * Victims of Crime Compensation Agency Assessment Defendant s Initials Main Plea Form / Revised Form Promulgated by Directive #14-08 (10/08/2008), CN English page 1 of 4 5. d. If the offense occurred on or after February 1, 1993 but was before March 13, 1995, and you are being sentenced to probation or a State correctional facility, you must pay a transaction fee of up to $1.00 for each occasion when a payment or installment payment is made? If the offense occurred on or after March 13, 1995 and the sentence is to probation, or the sentence otherwise requires payments of financial obligations to the probation division, you must pay a transaction fee of up to $2.00 for each occasion when a payment or installment payment is made? e. If the offense occurred on or after August 2, 1993 you must pay a $75 Safe Neighborhood Services Fund assessment for each conviction? f. If the offense occurred on or after January 5, 1994 and you are being sentenced to probation, you must pay a fee of up to $25 per month for the term of probation? g. If the crime occurred on or after January 9, 1997 you must pay a Law Enforcement Officers Training and Equipment Fund penalty of $30? h. You will be required to provide a DNA sample, which could be used by law enforcement for the investigation of criminal activity, and pay for the cost of testing? 6. Do you understand that the court could, in its discretion, impose a minimum time in confinement to be served before you become eligible for parole, which period could be as long as one half of the period of the custodial sentenced imposed? 7. Did you enter a plea of guilty to any charges that require a mandatory period of parole ineligibility or a mandatory extended term? a. If you are pleading guilty to such a charge, the minimum mandatory period of parole ineligibility is years and months (fill in the number of years/months) and the maximum period of parole ineligibility can be years and months (fill in the number of years/months) and this period cannot be reduced by good time, work, or minimum custody credits. b. If you are pleading guilty to such a charge, the minimum mandatory extended term is years and months (fill in the number of years/months) and the maximum mandatory extended term can be years and months (fill in the number of years/months). 8. Are you pleading guilty to a crime that contains a presumption of imprisonment which means that it is almost certain that you will go to state prison? Are you presently on probation or parole? a. Do you realize that a guilty plea may result in a violation of your [NA] probation or parole? Are you presently serving a custodial sentence on another charge? a. Do you understand that a guilty plea may affect your parole eligibility? [NA] 11. Do you understand that if you have plead guilty to, or have been found guilty on other charges, or are presently serving a custodial term and the plea agreement is silent on the issue, the court may require that all sentences be made to run consecutively? [NA] Defendant s Initials Main Plea Form / Revised Form Promulgated by Directive #14-08 (10/08/2008), CN English page 2 of 4 12. List any charges the prosecutor has agreed to recommend for dismissal: Ind./Acc./Compl.# Count Nature of Offense and Degree 13. Specify any sentence the prosecutor has agreed to recommend: 14. Has the prosecutor promised that he or she will NOT: a. Speak at sentencing? b. Seek an extended term of confinement? c. Seek a stipulation of parole ineligibility? 15. Are you aware that you must pay restitution if the court finds there is a victim who has suffered a loss and if the court finds that you are able or will be able in the future to pay restitution? 16. Do you understand that if you are a public office holder or employee, you can be required to forfeit your office or job by virtue of your plea of guilty? [NA] [NA] 17. a. Are you a citizen of the United States? (If no, answer question #17b) b. Do you understand that if you are not a United States citizen or national, you may be deported by virtue of your plea of guilty? 18. a. Do you understand that pursuant to the rules of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision if you are residing outside the State of New Jersey at the time of sentencing that return to your residence may be delayed pending acceptance of the transfer of your supervision by your state of residence? b. Do you also understand that pursuant to the same Interstate Compact transfer of your supervision to another state may be denied or restricted by that state at any time after sentencing if that state determines you are required to register as a sex offender in that state or if New Jersey has required you to register as a sex offender? 19. Have you discussed with your attorney the legal doctrine of merger? [NA] 20. Are you giving up your right at sentence to argue that there are charges you pleaded guilty to for which you cannot be given a separate sentence? [NA] Defendant s Initials Main Plea Form / Revised Form Promulgated by Directive #14-08 (10/08/2008), CN English page 3 of 4 21. List any other promises or representations that have been made by you, the prosecutor, your defense attorney, or anyone else as a part of this plea of guilty: 22. Have any promises other than those mentioned on this form, or any threats, been made in order to cause you to plead guilty? 23. a. Do you understand that the judge is not bound by any promises or recommendations of the prosecutor and that the judge has the right to reject the plea before sentencing you and the right to impose a more severe sentence? b. Do you understand that if the judge decides to impose a more severe sentence than recommended by the prosecutor, that you may take back your plea? c. Do you understand that if you are permitted to take back your plea of guilty because of the judge s sentence, that anything you say in furtherance of the guilty plea cannot be used against you at trial? 24. Are you satisfied with the advice you have received from your lawyer? 25. Do you have any questions concerning this plea? Date: Defendant: Defense Attorney: Prosecutor: [ ] This plea is the result of the judge s conditional indications of the maximum sentence he or she would impose independent of the prosecutor s recommendation. Accordingly, the Supplemental Plea Form for Non-Negotiated Pleas has been completed. Defendant s Initials Main Plea Form / Revised Form Promulgated by Directive #14-08 (10/08/2008), CN English page 4 of 4 Poder Judicial de Nueva Jersey New Jersey Judiciary Formulario de Declaración Plea Form Nombre del acusado Defendant s Name: ante el Juez before Judge: 1. Enumere los cargos de que usted se declara culpable: List the charges to which you are pleading guilty: Condado County Número de archivo del fiscal Prosecutor File Number Máximo estatutario Statutory Maximum No. de Ac. Formal / Multa de la Ac./Denun. Cargo Naturaleza de la infracción Grado Tiempo Multa VCCA* Ind./Acc./Comp.# Count Nature of Offense Degree Time Fine VCCA Assmt* Máx/Max Máx/Max Máx/Max Máx/Max Máx/Max Su exposición total como resultado de esta declaración es:...total/total Your total exposure as the result of this plea is: Sírvase marcar la respuesta apropiada con un círculo Please Circle Appropriate Answer 2. a. Cometió usted la infracción (las infracciones) de que se declara culpable? Did you commit the offense(s) to which you are pleading guilty? b. Entiende que antes de que el juez lo pueda encontrar culpable, tendrá que decirle al juez qué es lo que usted hizo que lo hace culpable de la infracción particular (de las infracciones particulares)? Do you understand that before the judge can find you guilty, you will have to tell the judge what you did that makes you guilty of the particular offense(s)? 3. Entiende lo que significan los cargos? Do you understand what the charges mean? 4. Entiende que al declararse culpable, usted renuncia a ciertos derechos? Entre ellos están: Do you understand that by pleading guilty you are giving up certain rights? Among them are: a. El derecho a un juicio con jurado en que el Estado tiene que probar su culpabilidad fuera de duda razonable? The right to a jury trial in which the State must prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt? b. El derecho de guardar silencio? The right to remain silent? c. El derecho a carearse con los testigos en su contra? The right to confront the witnesses against you? * Multa de la Agencia de Compensación a Víctimas de Delitos / Victims of Crime Compensation Agency Assessment Iniciales del acusado / Defendant s Initials Formulario principal de declaración / Formulario enmendado promulgado por la directriz #14-08 (10/08/2008), CN English-Spanish página 1 de 7 Main Plea Form / Revised Form Promulgated by Directive #14-08 (10/08/2008), CN English-Spanish page 1 of 7 4. d. Entiende que al declararse culpable usted no renuncia a su derecho de apelar (1) la denegación de un pedimento para excluir pruebas físicas (R. 3:5-7(d)) o (2) la denegación de admisión a un programa de intervención antes del juicio (PTI) (R. 3:28(g))? Do you understand that by pleading you are not waiving your right to appeal (1) the denial of a motion to suppress physical evidence (R. 3:5-7(d)) or (2) the denial of acceptance into a pretrial intervention program (PTI) (R. 3:28(g))? e. Entiende además que al declararse culpable usted renuncia a su derecho de apelar la denegación de todos los demá
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