Gun Charges Mean Possible Detention under New Bail Reform Guidelines in NJ

New Jersey Criminal Lawyers Schwartz Posnock

Are you currently being charged with a firearms-related offense in the state of New Jersey? You should be informed that the recent changes in New Jersey’s bail system in January affect your position and the timeliness of your case. Here is all you need to know regarding the new guidelines released by the state Supreme Court on May 25, 2017.

Prior to the changes brought in January, only defendants charged with manslaughter, murder, sexual assault, first-degree robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, and escape were at risk for pretrial detention. However, the new guidelines state that criminal defendants in the state of New Jersey charged with firearms-related offenses are likely to be candidates for automatic pretrial detention. For you, this means you could be detained before fighting for your innocence.

Reasons for the changes included local officials believing that too many defendants who were released back into the community were going on to commit more offenses prior to trial.

Schwartz & Posnock has handled Superior Court and Municipal Court criminal cases throughout the State of New Jersey, for over thirty years. We have a proven track record of excellent results for our clients, including those with firearms-related offenses. Please contact us in any one of our convenient locations, including our Monmouth County office, located in Eatontown (at the Jersey Shore), our Essex County office, located in Livingston, our Union County office, located in Linden, or our Middlesex County office, located in East Brunswick, to discuss your case. You may call the experienced criminal defense attorneys of Schwartz & Posnock at 732-544-1460 or email us at

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