Toms River Criminal Offenses

Toms River Criminal Attorney

Toms River, New Jersey has over 90,000 people within its borders and ranks second in Ocean County in terms of population. Numerous major roadways also traverse the township such as the Garden State Parkway, U.S.Route 9, Route 35, and Route 70. When you combine these characteristics with the fact that it is also the home of the Ocean County Superior Court where all indictable offenses filed in the county are heard, Toms River is unquestionably the municipality with the greatest number of criminal charges in the region. We assume you were either charged with an offense in the town or are facing a first, second, third, or fourth-degree crime at the county courthouse in Toms River given the nature of your research. The best advice we can give you is to speak to a criminal lawyer who is highly accomplished in defending charges in Toms River NJ.

We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall and have the credentials needed to effectively represent you. Our attributes include:

  • Over 200 years of combined experience handling criminal charges in Toms River Municipal Court and at the Ocean County Superior Court
  • Ten lawyers whose practices are limited to criminal defense
  • Former County Prosecutors that have served as Director of the Trial Division, Major Crimes Bureau, Domestic Violence, Juvenile and at other high levels
  • Former Toms River Municipal Prosecutor on Staff
  • Certified criminal trial attorneys
  • An office located directly across from the county courthouse in Toms River

To speak to an attorney about your criminal charges immediately, contact our Toms River Office at 732-286-6500 anytime 24/7. Initial consultations are always free so do not hesitate to call us for the assistance you need.

Charged With a First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree or Fourth Degree Crime at the Ocean County Superior Court?

There are some criminal charges that are indictable in nature. What this means is that they are so serious as to require an indictment by a grand jury in order to subject a defendant to trial. You are facing such an offense if it is a first, second, third, or fourth-degree crime. Your case must be decided at the Superior Court if it falls into one of these grades of crime since municipal courts in Ocean County lack jurisdiction to preside over such a charge. The most commons charges of this nature are:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Distribution of CDS
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Sexual Assault

  • Burglary
  • Credit Card Theft
  • Theft by Deception
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child
  • Conspiracy
  • Eluding


The penalties that you will face for a crime of this nature hinges on the grade or degree of the offense. You typically face a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 18 months in prison for a fourth-degree crime. The largest number of criminal charges in New Jersey are third-degree crimes that carry up to $15,000 in fines and 5 years in state prison. A conviction for a second-degree crime triggers a presumption of incarceration (i.e. virtual certainty you will be imprisoned). The penalties for second-degree crimes include up to a $150,000 fine and 5-10 years in prison. First-degree crimes are the most serious and can land you in prison for 10-20 years (or more) and result in a fine of up to $200,000. Hiring a New Jersey criminal lawyer who is accustomed to defending charges is pivotal if you are facing a felony criminal offense for in these grades at the Superior Court in Freehold.

Simple Assault

With all the interaction among residents and visitors in Toms River, it is no surprise that people have disagreements. Occasionally, people take matters “into their own hands.” The offense which addresses such conduct is that of Simple Assault, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1. This statute provides that even those who attempt to cause bodily injury to another are guilty of this criminal offense. Also, there are a variety of mental states specified, making it easier to find an individual guilty of this crime. When you hire a criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, you are getting someone who will ensure that the prosecutor is held to the standard provided in the statute, and know that our strategy is to get the best outcome for you. In some instances, it may be advisable to strike a plea deal if there is compelling evidence against you. However, you can rest assured that our legal team will tirelessly pursue every avenue available to avoid a conviction.


Often times even the most sincere intentions can be misinterpreted, resulting in a Harassment charge. Toms River is no different than other municipalities in that this offense is traditionally over-charged and often based on questionable evidence. Our criminal lawyers have represented individuals for Harassment, and we have been very successful in getting them dismissed entirely. While the relevant statute, N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4, provides that Harassment is a “petty disorderly persons offense,” it is still considered a crime. Therefore, a Harassment conviction will show up on your permanent record. You do not want a misunderstood situation in Toms River Township to escalate into something that hampers your employment opportunities for years to come. Contact our offices to hear more about possible defenses to this crime in Toms River.

These law offices feature an experienced and hard-working team of criminal lawyers. One of our attorneys was formerly a municipal prosecutor. It is this kind of “know how” that allows us to best communicate with prosecutors and judges, which pays off for our clients. Call us today for a free consultation.