Anyone arrested and charged with a serious crime in the State of New Jersey may be incarcerated while awaiting trial. With the court backlog in Camden County and throughout South Jersey, being remanded to jail while awaiting your day in court can be frightening and often completely unnecessary. With effective bail negotiation, an experienced lawyer like Jill R. Cohen, Esq., can get your bail reduced to a level you can afford. In many cases, she can even negotiate a defendant being released on their own recognizance.
Bail refers to money or other type of security that a defendant provides to the court in order to obtain release from jail. If you or someone you love is facing serious criminal charges in New Jersey, contact Jill Cohen right away for assistance with bail negotiations and aggressive criminal defense. She will protect your rights and fight for your freedom.
Very shortly, new bail reforms will be put into effect that significantly change the NJ criminal justice system. Certain people and certain crimes are now going to be eligible for a pre-trial release without money bail. The new bail statute drastically changes bail requirements in New Jersey. Call Ms. Cohen today for information on this new statute, which is going into effect very soon in certain counties.
By posting bail, the court is generally able to ensure the individual’s future court appearance. Unlike other court fines or fees, the court will return the bail payment to the individual who paid or posted it at the conclusion of the court case — as long as the defendant attends all required court dates.
Presently, individuals who do not post bail will remain in jail while their case is resolved. And, of course, anyone who posts bail and does not attend all required court sessions relinquishes all funds paid. Further, the judge will issue a warrant for their arrest — certainly compounding the seriousness of the situation.
Under the New Jersey Superior Court bail process, the court can specify several types of bail including:
Drastic changes to the current bail system will be put in effect soon. Under these new guidelines, you may be entitled to release prior to your trial. Under the new bail rules, if you are going to be held without bail, you must be indicted within 90 days and tried within 180 days, with few exceptions.
Judges must exercise their discretion in determining the type and amount of bail required in each individual case. Bail determinations are made on a case-by-case basis, with judges carefully considering such factors as:
Be aware than the defendant doesn’t have to come up with bail on their own. Any adult can post bail for a defendant. However, it’s important to remember that if someone other than the defendant posts bail, they will be responsible for ensuring that the defendant attends all mandatory court appearances. If the defendant does not attend any mandatory court appearance, the individual will forfeit the posted bail amount.
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, you already know how serious the situation is and how much impact any length of incarceration will have on your entire family. Choosing a lawyer who will work tirelessly to minimize bail and the amount of time spent behind bars is extremely important. Presently, there is no effective speedy trial right in New Jersey, so it is important to choose an attorney who will assure that the prosecution brings you to trial as soon as possible. If you’re innocent, sitting in jail while you await trial is devastating.
At the Law Firm of Jill R. Cohen, we have successfully assisted countless individuals in obtaining reasonable bail, defending criminal charges, overturning convictions and reducing jail time. Additionally, for more than 30 years, we have helped clients who need to have records expunged so they can get on with their lives without criminal records. We serve clients throughout the City of Camden, Burlington County, Camden County, Atlantic County and Gloucester County. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your criminal charges.
As an assistant prosecutor Ms. Cohen litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury. Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
With over 30 years in the criminal justice system, Ms. Cohen has developed a great working relationship with members of the local justice system. Ms. Cohen uses her vast experience to get her clients the best possible results.
Ms. Cohen leaves no stones unturned when she builds aggressive defense strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Attorney Certification Program is designed to help the public make sound and informed choices when deciding to hire an attorney. While there are over 60,000 practicing attorneys in the state of New Jersey, fewer than 250 New Jersey lawyers have been recognized by the NJ Supreme Court as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. Camden County criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has been recognized as an NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney every year since 2008. To become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Ms. Cohen received recommendations from her peers and judges throughout South Jersey.
Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.