The significance of the specific court where your case is decided cannot be underestimated, as it dictates the manner in which your case is resolved (i.e. trial by jury or before a judge), confines the avenues that may be available to you as alternatives to conviction (i.e. diversionary programs such as conditional discharge, conditional dismissal, and Pre-Trial Intervention), and determines the potential penalties that may be imposed if you are convicted (i.e. community service, fines, probation, and/or a term of incarceration).
Perhaps the most important decision that you make when seeking to address a criminal or motor vehicle matter in a New Jersey court is the legal representative who will serve as your guide and advocate throughout the adjudication process. An attorney who frequently appears in the court where your case will be held can prove indispensable when determining your fate.