Jersey City Criminal Defense Attorney

Former Prosecutors & Skilled Attorneys Who Are Highly Experienced In Defending Jersey City Criminal Charges

Jersey City is the second most populated municipality in New Jersey and the location of the Hudson County Superior Court. These factors, as well as the presence of transportation arteries like the Path, Journal Square Transportation Center, Holland Tunnel, Pulaski Skyway and New Jersey Turnpike, make the city the largest source of criminal and serious traffic offenses in Hudson County. Upwards of 10,000 criminal complaints for felony crimes of the first, second, third and fourth degree were filed by the Jersey City Police, Port Authority, New Jersey State Police and other law enforcement agencies over the last 12 months. This was on top of just about the same amount in disorderly persons offenses and over 50,000 tickets for moving traffic offenses. These are staggering statistics and it only seems reasonable for us to assume that you find yourself engulfed in these numbers given your attention to this article.

The best advice we can give you is to select your attorney carefully. Don’t be fooled by slick copy on a webpage because things honestly aren’t as it would appear. In fact, some of the most prominent and visible search results for Jersey City criminal lawyers involve firms who do not even possess a legitimate office in Jersey City or, more importantly, a lawyer with even a single jury trial under their belt. This is despite content on a website that would have you believe that the individual was an accomplished criminal trial attorney and a mainstay of the Jersey City criminal bar. So take a close look at credentials and, more importantly, ask the right questions before you invest your future in an attorney. You need to know basic information that is crucial to determining what the lawyer really brings to the table, for example, how many jury trials have they actually completed. Do your research and make an informed decision based on real facts rather than sales puffery, the name of a website or where someone ranks in search results.

In terms of our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our team has almost 200 years of combined experience handling criminal cases. Most of our ten (10) litigators have over 15 years experience, are former prosecutors and have tried many cases to conclusion. Our lawyers have served in prosecutorial positions such as Director of Major Crimes, supervisor of the entire Trial Division and as head of the Gangs, Guns & Drugs Task Force. We also have staff members that are certified criminal trial attorneys. We believe that credentials like these demonstrate bona fide experience and are what you need to be looking for when selecting a Jersey City NJ criminal defense attorney to handle your case.

If you were arrested and charged with a criminal offense, DWI or serious traffic violation, we encourage you to contact our Jersey City Office for a free consultation. A lawyer on our staff is available to assist you with questions, an initial appearance at Central Judicial Processing, a Detention Hearing or in any other capacity 24/7. We welcome the opportunity to speak to you about your charge, including:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Eluding
  • Drug Possession (e.g. marijuana, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, MDMA, Xanax, etc.)
  • CDS Distribution
  • Sexual Assault
  • Illegal handgun
  • Terroristic Threat
  • Restraining Order Violation
  • Assault By Auto
  • Robbery
  • Juvenile Crime
  • Burglary
  • Credit Card Theft/Fraud
  • Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes

Criminal Charges In Jersey City

Every criminal offense falling within the jurisdiction of Jersey City ends up in one of two places. Charges that involve a felony like aggravated assault, eluding, distribution of CDS (e.g. marijuana, heroin, cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy, etc.), possession of an illegal handgun or sexual assault fall outside municipal court jurisdiction. These offenses are graded as either a crime of the first degree, second degree, third degree or fourth degree and can only be dealt with at the Hudson County Superior Court. This court is located in Jersey City since it is the seat for Hudson County.  When someone is charged with a disorderly persons offense, the equivalent to a misdemeanor in other states, their criminal cases is heard in Jersey City Municipal Court. The same is the situation for driving while intoxicated (“DWI”) and other traffic tickets issued within Jersey City. The headings below provide helpful information if you are facing a charge in these court systems.

Hudson County Superior Court

595 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 795-6000

For Directions click here.

Jersey City Municipal Court

Lewis S. McRae Justice Complex
365 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 209-6700

For Directions click here.

While the overwhelming percentage of criminal cases in the city stem from complaints filed by the Jersey City Police Department, many offenses are also filed by members of the NY/NJ Port Authority Police and the New Jersey State Police. It is always best to be represented by a Jersey City criminal lawyer when communicating with these entities. If you need to contact the police directly about a charge because you do not have an attorney, the contact information is as follows:

  • Jersey City Police Department (Headquarters), 1 Journal Square Plaza, 4th Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07306, (201) 547-5477
    • North Division, 282 Central Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307, (201) 547-5350
    • South Division, 191 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305, (201) 547-5456
    • East Division, 207 7th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302, (201) 547-5408
    • West Division, 1 Jackson Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304, (201) 547-5450
  • Port Authority of NY/NJ Police Department (“PAPD”), 241 Erie Street Room 302, Jersey City, NJ 07310, (201) 239-3500

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Jersey City New Jersey

Selecting the right Jersey City criminal defense attorney to defend your case is imperative if you want to ensure every chance of an acquittal. We genuinely believe that the team at our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, have the characteristics needed to fully protect your future.  Our veteran attorneys have decades of experience defending a broad spectrum of criminal charges at the county courthouse and municipal court in Jersey City. For a consultation with a lawyer immediately, call 201-309-0500. We will give you the benefit of our time without obligation. One of the lawyers is available now.


Jersey City External Resources That May Assist You

Official Website of the Jersey City Municipal Court

Port Authority of NY/NJ Police Department

Jersey City Police Department Website

Webpage for Hudson County Correctional Center