Monmouth County Criminal Defense Lawyers

Felony & Misdemeanor Criminal Offenses in Monmouth County

Criminal Attorney & Former Prosecutor

If you or a loved one has been indicted or received a criminal complaint in Monmouth County Superior Court or a Monmouth County Municipal Court, the criminal attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can assist you. Our law firm has over fifteen (15) years experience defending individuals accused of a crime in Monmouth County and our lead attorney, Jonathan F. Marshall, was a prosecutor in the County. Every criminal defense lawyer at the firm is knowledgeable in defending cases in Monmouth County and is prepared to answer any questions you may have in our Monmouth County law office. Initial consultations are always free of charge. The following information is intended to provide helpful information concerning criminal offenses filed in Monmouth County and we encourage potential clients to consult individual practice area pages on the site.

Disorderly Persons Offenses & Ordinance Violations

Monmouth County Municipal Court Defense Attorney

Where individuals have been charged with a petty disorderly persons offense (including a downgrade from the Superior Court) or an Ordinance Violation in Monmouth County, those charges are litigated in a Municipal Court. A disorderly persons offense can include:

  • Possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Issuing a bad check
  • Simple assault
  • Petty harassment
  • Disorderly conduct

  • Resisting arrest
  • Trespass
  • Shoplifting
  • Criminal mischief
  • Other petty disorderly persons offenses

Every criminal charge litigated in a Municipal Court in Monmouth County is presided over by a Municipal Court Judge and Municipal Prosecutor appointed by the related municipality. Jonathan F. Marshall and the other defense attorneys at the firm are well acquainted with the municipal courts within Monmouth County including Aberdeen Township, The City of Asbury Park, the Borough of Atlantic Highlands, Avon by the Sea, the Borough of Belmar, the Borough of Bradley Beach, the Borough of Brielle, Colt Neck, Borough of Deal, Eatontown, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Farmingdale, Freehold, the Township of Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Howell Township, Keansbury, Keyport, Lake Como, Little Silver, the City of Long Branch, Manalapan, the Borough of Manasquan, Marlboro, Matawan, Township of Middletown, Millstone, Monmouth Beach, Neptune, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Borough of Shrewsbury, Rumson, Spring Lake, Tinton Falls, Wall and West Long Branch. A criminal lawyer with the firm is ready to assist you in defending your Monmouth County municipal court offense.

Indictable Criminal Charges in Monmouth County Superior Court

First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree & Fourth Degree Crimes

All indictable criminal offenses filed in Monmouth County are litigated at the Monmouth County Superior Court. Indictable criminal offenses include First Degree Crimes, Second Degree Crimes, Third Degree Crimes and Fourth Degree Crimes. Offenses falling within this grading include the felony charges of Homicide, Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS), including Cocaine, Marijuana, and Prescription Drugs, Prescription Forgery, Prescription Fraud, Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute, Juvenile Offense, Aggravated Assault, Eluding, Theft by Deception, Domestic Violence, and other serious crimes. We provide Monmouth County criminal defense representation throughout investigation and prosecution including Criminal Investigation, Arrest, Bail, Pre-indictment, Grand Jury, Arraignment, Pretrial Proceedings and Motions, Plea, Sentence and Appeal. We also provide representation and assistance with applications for Pretrial Intervention (PTI), Drug Court, and bail reduction, motions for reduced bail, securing bail and/or bond, and release of individuals on bail.

Examples of Recent Success in Monmouth County Superior Court

D.S. was indicted for 3rd Degree Aggravated Assault on a police officer, 2nd Degree Attempted Disarmament of a police officer and an assortment of other offenses. While that indictment was pending, D.S. received another indictment for 3rd Degree Aggravated Assault on a police officer, Possession of Drugs and other offenses, resulting from a totally separate incident. D.S. was then involved in but another encounter with the police wherein he was again indicted for aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. We were able to obtain probation for D.S. notwithstanding an initial plea offer (prior to the second or third charge even arising) of in excess of 5 years of incarceration. A similar result was reached for V.T. when he was charged with 2nd Degree Aggravated Assault resulting from catastrophic type injuries sustained by the victim. The initial plea offer was five years with 85% to be served before the client would be eligible for parole (i.e. parole ineligibility). We were able to obtain probation for V.T.

Monmouth County Courthouse & Criminal Division

When an individual is charged with an indictable offense such as those previously mentioned, the related charges are litigated at the Monmouth County Superior Court which is located at the Monmouth County Courthouse, 51 Monument Park, Freehold, NJ 07728. The following is a listing of the Judges who sit in the Criminal Division of Monmouth County Superior Court:

  • Honorable Bette E. Uhrmacher, P.J.Cr.
  • Honorable Paul Chaiet, J.S.C.
  • Honorable Francis P. DeStefano, J.S.C.
  • Honorable Ira E. Kreizman, J.S.C.

  • Honorable Anthony Mellaci, J.S.C.
  • Honorable Edward Neafsey, J.S.C.
  • Honorable Thomas Scully, J.S.C.

The following is telephone contact information for the Monmouth County Criminal Division:

  • Criminal Division (Main Number) 732-677-4500
  • Division Manager 732-677-4558
  • Criminal Discovery & Records 732-677-4502
  • Criminal Motions 732-677-4502
  • Drug Court 732-677-4552

  • Municipal Appeals 732-677-4562
  • Monmouth County Probation Department 732-677-4800
  • Monmouth County Pre-Arraignments 732-677-4504
  • Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) 732-677-4538

Since the government is represented by experienced prosecutors, some of whom are top in their field, we always encourage potential clients to retain the best criminal defense lawyer they can afford. If an individual cannot afford private counsel, they can be represented by the public defender. In either case, the website for the Monmouth County Prosecutors’ Office may be found at http://prosecutor.co.monmouth.nj.us/phone-directory.html and the following is a listing of the Division heads of the office:

  • Luis A. Valentin, County Prosecutor
  • Peter Warshaw, First Assistant Prosecutor
  • Michael Cunningham, Administrative Assistant Prosecutor
  • Kevin Clark, Director of Computer Crimes
  • Barry Serebnick, Director of Juvenile Division
  • Byron Wambaugh, Drug Court Prosecutor
  • Andrew Fried, Director of Forfeiture
  • Anita White-Gillyard, Director of Intake & PTI Screening

  • Nick Trotta, Director of Information Technology
  • Marc LeMieux, Director of Major Crimes
  • James Jones, Director of Narcotics Unit
  • Peter Boser, Director of Sex Crimes & Child Abuse
  • Gregory Schweers, Director of Professional Responsibility & Bias Crimes
  • John Loughrey, Director of Special Prosecutions Bureau
  • Michael Wojciechowski, Director of Trial Division

Directions to Monmouth County Courthouse

From the North: Proceed on Route 9 Southbound onto Route 33 Eastbound. Turn left onto Main Street at the first light. Then turn left onto Court St. to the Courthouse. From the New Jersey Turnpike: Proceed from the Turnpike at Exit 11. Proceed on the Garden State Parkway South to Exit 123. Take Route 9 Southbound and follow the directions From the North.

Other helpful Monmouth County resources:

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is a criminal defense law firm representing individuals who are the subject of indictable felony offenses in Monmouth County Superior Court and have been charged with disorderly persons offenses of possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernaliaissuing a bad check, simple assault , petty harassment, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, trespass, shoplifting, criminal mischief, in the Municipal Courts of Aberdeen Township, The City of Asbury Park, the Borough of Atlantic Highlands, Avon by the Sea, the Borough of Belmar, the Borough of Bradley Beach, the Borough of Brielle, Colt Neck, Borough of Deal, Eatontown, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Farmingdale, Freehold, the Township of Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Howell Township, Keansbury, Keyport, Lake Como, Little Silver, the City of Long Branch, Manalapan, the Borough of Manasquan, Marlboro, Matawan, Township of Middletown, Millstone, Monmouth Beach, Neptune, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Borough of Shrewsbury, Rumson, Spring Lake, Tinton Falls, Wall and West Long Branch.