Essex County NJ Felony Defense Attorney

If you or someone you love has been charged with an indictable criminal offense such as aggravated assault, homicide, terroristic threats, possession of cocaine, heroin distribution, prescription drug charges, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful possession of a weapon, robbery, or burglary in Essex County, New Jersey, your case will be delegated to a member of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, considered, and potentially adjudicated in the Essex County Superior Court. With centrally-located offices in Verona, Attorney Roy Breslow appears in Essex County Superior Court on a daily basis, tirelessly advocating on behalf of his clients charged with felony offenses.

With over 40 years of legal experience which includes former positions as a Prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Breslow has been exposed to the inner-workings of both sides of the New Jersey Justice System. Appearing in courts throughout Essex County for decades, Mr. Breslow has become a well-respected member of the legal community, earning a reputation as a knowledgeable and seasoned advocate who is committed to pursuing every available avenue to secure positive results for his clients. For a free consultation about your case with Mr. Breslow, contact his Essex County offices anytime at 973-239-8000.

Essex County NJ Superior Court Defense Lawyer

The Essex County Superior Court is the venue where charges for first, second, third, and fourth degree crimes issued within the county of Essex are heard and considered. After being evaluated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, criminal cases involving felony charges that have not be downgraded, diverted, or dismissed, will be presented to a grand jury at Essex County Superior Court for an indictment. If the majority of this 23-person panel determines that there is enough evidence to formally charge the defendant, then the case will proceed to trial or be resolved by way of a plea agreement or enrollment in a diversionary program such as Pre-Trial Intervention.

With regard to the degree of crimes considered indictable felonies under New Jersey Law, the distinctions are as follows:

  • First Degree Crimes are punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison
  • Second Degree Crimes are punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison
  • Third Degree Crimes are punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison
  • Fourth Degree Crimes are punishable by a maximum term of incarceration of 18 months in New Jersey State Prison

Notably, first and second degree crimes entail a presumption of incarceration, meaning that a convicted defendant will be sentenced to prison time. On the other hand, third and fourth degree crimes carry a presumption of non-incarceration for first-time offenders, meaning that probation or enrollment in a diversionary program may be considered viable sentencing alternatives. New Jersey Superior Courts offer a number of diversionary programs, including Pre-Trial Intervention and Drug Court, which may provide first-time offenders with the opportunity to have their charges dismissed after successfully completing program requirements during a probationary period.

Essex County Superior Court Information:

The Essex County Superior Court, Criminal Division is located in the five-building Essex County Justice Complex, specifically, in Veterans Courthouse, which is located at 50 West Market Street, Newark, New Jersey, 07102. The main court office can be contacted directly at 973-693-5931 or 973-693-5700. The court office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

For more information about the Essex County Superior Court, visit the following website: Essex County Superior Court.

Assignment Judge, Honorable Sallayanne Floria

Criminal Presiding Judge, Honorable Ronald D. Wiggler

Civil Presiding Judge, Dennis F. Carey

Family Presiding Judge,  David B. Katz

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Information

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is also located in Veterans Courthouse at 50 West Market Street, Newark, New Jersey, 07102. The office can be contacted directly at 973-621-4700. The Acting Essex County Prosecutor is Carolyn A. Murray. For additional information about the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, visit the following website: Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. 

For additional information about Essex County, go to the Essex County Official Website.

Contact Attorney Roy W. Breslow at 973-239-8000 for a free comprehensive consultation about your Essex County Superior Court case.