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Monmouth County Superior Court in Freehold New Jersey

If you are charged with a felony in Monmouth County your matter will be handled in the Monmouth Superior Court, 71 Monument Park in Freehold. Tara Breslow-Testa is a Freehold criminal defense lawyer who has established a law office a few doors down from the Superior Court at 25 Monument Street. Ms. Breslow is located right across from the Monmouth Superior Court. If you have been charged with any type of felony offense, whether it is theft charge, possession of CDS/distribution of CDS, aggravated assault, sexual assault, weapon charges, domestic violence or other felony offense, it important to hire a lawyer familiar with the Monmouth County court system.

Tara Breslow is an experienced lawyer who you want by your side when walking up the steps of Superior Court. Her experience can reduce stress, fines and penalties.

Call Tara Breslow-Testa for a free consultation: (732) 784-2880

Juvenile Court

If you are a juvenile who is taken into custody and charged with a crime, your case will be heard and decided in the Monmouth County Superior Court in the Family Division. The same is true for cases involving domestic violence and restraining orders. A criminal defense attorney for Freehold, Tara Breslow-Testa has many years of experience navigating Family court, and can save her clients considerable time, money and stress with her expertise.

Criminal Cases

The Criminal Part of Freehold Superior Court hears felony cases including drug offenses, sexual assault and other sex offenses, juvenile, weapons charges, aggravated assault, white collar crimes and domestic violence charges.

Felony cases heard in Monmouth County Superior Court can be charged as first, second, third, or fourth degree crimes. First degree crimes are punishable with a sentence of 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. Second degree crimes can result in prison terms ranging from 5 to 10 years.

Third degree crimes carry a presumption of non-incarceration for first time offenders. Although all matters can possibly be considered for diversionary programs such as Drug Court or Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI).

Fourth degree crimes may result in a sentence to serve up to 18 months in NJ State Prison.

Felonies are serious charges with serious consequences and if you are facing felony charges, Tara Breslow-Testa is a criminal defense lawyer for Freehold who you want by your side.

Pre-Trial Intervention

The New Jersey courts are busy, but have a humanitarian philosophy: forgive and rehabilitate where possible, punish where appropriate. The New Jersey Pre-Trial Intervention Program (PTI) was designed to help first-time offenders avoid jail time and stay out of the "system." The PTI program strives to address several factors in a first-time offender's life and thereby deter future criminal or disorderly conduct. Once a first time offender successfully completes the PTI program, charges will be dismissed and a criminal record avoided.

Tara Breslow-Testa is a criminal defense attorney for Freehold with many years of experience handling criminal matters and getting defendants into these programs.

Bail Hearings

As of 2017 New Jersey's Bail Reform and Speedy Trial Act established a system for bail based not on money but on assessing a defendant's risk to the community. If a defendant is detained, there is a hearing within 48 hours. If the State moves for detention there will be a hearing where a judge will determine if the defendant should be released. This system has all but eliminated money bails, in favor of an equation that determines:

  • The offense
  • Whether there is Probable Cause
  • The prior arrest record, if any
  • Personal characteristics such as family, community ties, employment, and current probation or parole status
  • The risk of the defendant fleeing
  • Obstruction of Justice

Tara Breslow-Testa has done numerous detention hearings and she will give her clients the best shot at release. It is important to properly prepare for these hearings by gathering the appropriate evidence, witnesses and other necessary materials. She has been successful at getting many defendants released.

Better Call Tara

A tremendous volume of law flows in and out of the Monmouth Superior Court every day, and Freehold criminal defense attorney Tara Breslow-Testa has dealt with most Parts of the Superior Court - from Family to Felony. Call Tara Breslow-Testa for a free consultation: (732) 784-2880