In continuation of reviewing the New Jersey criminal justice system, following the investigation
phase, law enforcement or the county prosecutor may file a complaint. Civilians may also file
complaints, which are then forwarded to the county prosecutor for investigation, if the alleged
offense is a crime. The person who files the complaint is called a complainant, and the person
charged with the offense(s) is the defendant. ...
When individuals encounter the criminal justice system in New Jersey for the first time, they are
frequently confused and unsure about what they can expect. In this series, I hope to be able to
help clarify your questions and provide you with an understanding of what to expect as your case
progresses. Not only may it help you deal more effectively with the system, it will also help you
understand the possible delays as the criminal justice process can often be slow. ...
When individuals charged with crimes, ranging from disorderly persons offenses to serious sex
crimes, contact our office, they almost invariable inquire as to whether they will go to jail/prison
and if so, for how long? It is nearly impossible to make this determination in the beginning of a
case without having received discovery or having had a prosecutor assigned. Regardless of these
factors, any highly experienced criminal defense attorney will seek to either dismiss or...
In Passaic County, a cable installer has been charged with the aggravated sexual assault of an
8-year-old girl. The assault occurred when the installer came to the child’s home to outfit the
home for DirecTV. It is unclear at this time whether the child’s parents were home at the time
of the alleged offense. In addition to first degree aggravated sexual assault, the defendant has
been charged with second degree luring, second degree sexual assault, and third degree...