Monclair Municipal Building and Court
647 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Telephone: 973-509-4774; Fax: 973-744-6902
Court Admin. Joyce Hayes
Judge: Kenneth Strait
Court Sessions: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.; Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
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Montclair Criminal Defense

A criminal charge is a scary and often overwhelming experience. Even before proceeding to trial, it has the potential of affecting all facets of your life, from your reputation to your personal and professional relationships. If convicted, the ramifications are even more dire, with the prospect of incarceration. If you are facing this intimidating situation in Montclair, New Jersey, the Essex County Criminal Defense Attorneys at Jonathan F. Marshall are on your side. Our aggressive team of lawyers has decades of experience in successfully defending individual charged with all types of criminal offenses in Montclair, whether they are in municipal court or at the county level.

Criminal Charges in Montclair, N.J.

Criminal violations in New Jersey are handled at either the Essex County Superior Court or in Montclar Municipal Court, depending upon the severity of the offense. If you are arrested for a First, Second, Third or Fourth Degree crime, your case will be heard at the county Superior Court in Newark. These offenses can result in a prison term of anywhere from 18 months to life, depending on the grade of crime and offense involved. Disorderly persons and petty offense are handled in the municipal court and, while they are not considered felonies, they carry up to six months in jail. Common DP offenses heard in the municipal court include simple assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft, and marijuana possession. An individual is left with a criminal record if he/she is convicted of any 2C offense (i.e. anything other than a municipal ordinance or traffic charge), whether the case was decided at the county or locally.

About Montclair NJ Criminal Offenses

Montclair reported a relatively low crime rate at 161 in 2011 and 149.7 in 2012. The burglary rate was second, at 497.4 in 2011 and even higher at 580.3 in 2012. Violent crime was not much lower than property crime in Montclair in 2011 or 2012. The city’s crime rate is lower than four of its eight neighboring cities. With a population of about 64,000, the five registered sex offenders reported in January 2014 sets the ratio of residents to sex offenders at 7,567 to 1.

About The Attorneys At The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall

Turn to the firm with a powerful team of defense attorneys to fight your Montclair, NJ criminal charges. We tackle your case with commitment, skill and experience. Our seven-member team includes attorneys who have worked as prosecutors, judicial law clerks, a Police Academy instructor and a legal consultant for television and newspapers. The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall possesses the qualifications and credentials you need when faced with this potentially life-altering situation.

If you’ve been charged with a crime in Montclair, New Jersey, don’t wait. Get the skilled legal help you need now. Contact the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. We are available 24/7.