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Middlesex County Superior Court
Middlesex County Superior Court Criminal Defense Lawyers
Middlesex County is one of the busier counties in the state for criminal charges for many reasons, including the fact that it has 809,858 residents, contains major interstate roadways like U.S. Route 1 and the New Jersey Turnpike, and is home to the largest college, Rutgers University-New Brunswick. All indictable criminal matters filed in the county are handled at the Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Our New Brunswick Office is located directly across the street from the court and that may provide some explanation for why our attorneys are so familiar with the prosecutors, judges, and court staff at the Superior Court. It also helps that we have handled countless cases at the courthouse over the last 25 or so years, including in the capacity as prosecutors in the jurisdiction. If you have been charged with a felony in Middlesex County, namely, an offense of the first degree, second degree, third degree, or fourth degree, a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer at our firm, including Jason Seidman, a former Middlesex County Prosecutor, is just a telephone call away. We can be reached 24/7 at 732-246-7126 for a free initial consultation.
Criminal Division of the Middlesex County Superior Court
As a general rule, the Middlesex County Criminal Division is comprised of a presiding and six trial judges. These jurists are responsible for managing cases appearing on their respective calendars and making all decisions of law in trials which are conducted in their courtroom. However, unless a defendant waives his or her right to a jury trial, they do not have the authority to decide factual issues in these types of proceedings. Typically, this is the province of a jury of a defendant’s peers. The following is a breakdown of the current makeup of the judges that sit in criminal:
- Honorable Alberto Rivas, Presiding Judge
- Honorable Dennis Nieves
- Honorable Colleen M. Flynn
- Honorable Pedro Jiminez
- Honorable Joseph Paone
- Honorable Diane Pincus
- Honorable Michael A. Toto
Indictable Criminal Charges: First, Second, Third & Fourth Degree Crimes
All criminal cases handled at the Superior Court in Middlesex County are indictable in nature because they carry the possibility of more than six months in jail. What this means is that someone accused of this grade of violation is entitled to presentation of their criminal case to a Grand Jury that must return an indictment in order for them to be brought to trial for a charge of this nature. If a defendant is not indicted, then the prosecutor is unable to subject him or her to further prosecution. Some of the First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree and Fourth Degree crimes our defense attorneys frequently handle include aggravated assault, marijuana possession, cocaine distribution, burglary, and theft by deception.
The amount of state prison, fines and other penalties that may be imposed at sentencing in the Superior Court for an indictable offense hinges on the degree of crime charged. First degree charges typically carry 10-20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. Third degree can result in 5-10 years in state prison and a $150,000 fine. A third degree crime involves the possibility of up to 5 years of incarceration and a $15,000 fine. There is a potential 18 months prison sentence and $10,000 fine for a crime of the fourth degree. Our criminal defense lawyers will pursue every possible avenue to insure that you are not subjected to these and other penalties. Where it is in your best interests to do so, we will assist you in gaining admission into pre-trial intervention (PTI) or drug court, securing a favorable plea bargaining, or proceeding to trial. A lawyer on our staff is ready to discuss your options in more detail in a free initial consultation by calling our office in New Brunswick at 732-246-7126.
Middlesex County Superior Court, 56 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903, Tel. 732-519-3200.
Associated Criminal Resources & Contacts:
- Middlesex County Criminal Case Management, 14 Kirkpatrick Street, P.O. Box 2661, New Brunswick, NJ 08903, Tel. 732-981-2116/2117, Fax. 732-981-2080
- Middlesex County Criminal Records, Middlesex County Courthouse (basement level), 56 Paterson Street, P.O. Box 963, New Brunswick NJ, Tel. 732-981-3129/3128, Fax. 732-981-3276
- Middlesex County Bail Unit, Route 130, P.O.Box 2661, New Brunswick NJ, 08903, Tel. 732-398-2530, Fax. 732-398-8849
Directions to the Superior Court of Middlesex County
From the New Jersey Turnpike: Take Exit 9 to Route 18 North. Take Route 18 North to New Brunswick to the New Street exit. From New Street turn right at first traffic light onto Neilson Street. From Neilson Street turn left onto Bayard Street. Court House will be on the right one block past the George Street traffic light.
From the Garden State Parkway: Take the 129 exit to the NJ Turnpike southbound, follow as stated above.
From Monmouth/Ocean Counties: Take Route 9 North to Route 18. Exit at the New Street exit. Take the first right at the traffic light onto Neilson Street. Turn left onto Bayard Street. Courthouse will be on the right side one block from George Street.