Toms River Criminal Offenses

Toms River Criminal Attorney

Criminal Defense Lawyer & Former Prosecutor

Toms River, New Jersey has over 90,000 people within its borders. One of the bright spots of having so many people is Toms River’s strong community. This Ocean County township has three high schools, is home to the new Poland Springs Arena at the Ritacco Center, and features one of the most renowned Little League programs in the entire country. However, there are some downfalls to having so many individuals in one municipality. Crime rates invariably increase in conjunction with population rates. While Toms River Township has a great reputation as a fine place to raise a family, it still has its share of criminal problems. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have represented clients in Toms River Twp. Municipal Court for many criminal offenses, such as Disorderly Conduct, Simple Assault, and Harassment.

Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly Conduct is a very commonly charged offense in New Jersey, and Toms River is no exception to this “general rule.” The offense is broadly drafted, essentially outlawing conduct and speech that is likely to make a nuisance or cause others to do so. The state provides in its Code of Criminal Justice under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2 that anyone who commits this offense is subject to six (6) months in jail and upwards of $1000.00 in fines. Toms River has provided for a disorderly conduct offense within its municipal code. However, when someone is charged with this offense, the state standard preempts the township’s standard. Our defense attorneys know all the pertinent case law which constrains the application of this seemingly broad statute. If you retain a lawyer of ours, you are getting someone who has had much experience getting Disorderly Conduct charges dismissed throughout the state of New Jersey.

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.