You may recall the case of Shaneen Allen. The 27-year-old Pennsylvania woman purchased a gun and obtained a license to carry after being robbed in July 2013. But she ran into trouble when she brought her firearm into New Jersey after informing a New Jersey State Police trooper she had the gun as The Garden State doesn’t recognize carry permits from other states. She was facing prison over her alleged mistake. But it appears Allen will now avoid jail thanks to her admission into a diversion program.
According to The Press of Atlantic City, Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman released a clarification to county prosecutors regarding visitors from other states where they can legally possess guns.
“In most of these cases, imprisonment is neither necessary nor appropriate to serve the interests of justice and protect public safety,” Hoffman reportedly wrote.
Apparently the prosecutor in Allen’s case got the message.
“In applying the factors set out in the clarification, I determined that the defendant in this case should be offered the opportunity to be admitted into the Atlantic County PTI Program,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain reportedly said. “I have communicated that determination to the court and defense counsel.”
Under the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI), defendants are subject to supervision for one to three years on average. They may also be subject to random urine monitoring as well as assessments for fees, fines and penalties. In addition, community service and other conditions may be required. If the defendant successfully completes the program, the original charges are dismissed and there’s no criminal record. If the program is not successfully completed, the case is returned to the trial list.
NRA lawyer Evan Nappen, who is defending Allen, said they’re “elated.” He also claimed the decision is “very, very special” because “Shaneen also got the attorney general to clarify the guidelines so that others similarly situated can also get PTI.”
According to the report, Allen was scheduled to be in court Thursday. But instead, Nappen said she’ll apply for PTI.