You’ve Been Charged With a Federal Crime in New Jersey. What Happens Next?

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Being charged with a federal criminal offense is a traumatic event. Individuals charged with a federal crime have many questions concerning what they face in the immediate future. Most people have no experience or knowledge of how the federal criminal justice system works, particularly at the beginning of their case. Our clients often ask the following questions: Will I be arrested? If so, where will I he taken? Will I be fingerprinted and photographed? Will I be held in jail or released? Does the federal bail system work the same way the bail system works in State Court? When will I go to court? We never let our clients navigate the federal criminal case processing system alone. Initially, we will contact the government prosecutor ( the Assistant United States Attorney) to discuss your case. We will negotiate what is called a “surrender date” for your first appearance in federal court (which will be in either Federal Court in Newark, Trenton, or Camden) and we will accompany you to the FBI office and or the U.S. Marshall’s office for processing. We will provide U.S. Pretrial Services with all of the information available to us to ensure that you are released on your own recognizance or under the least restrictive conditions. If the government seeks your pretrial detention, we will demand a detention hearing to secure your release. For more detailed information on the initial stages of federal criminal case processing, and what you can expect, click below to see our articles entitled:

We know that obtaining the least restrictive release conditions are of paramount importance to you, especially in the early stages of the case, when your world has been turned upside down. Our dedicated and experienced federal criminal defense attorneys stand with you every step of the way to bring order, peace of mind, and a light at the end of the tunnel when you are charged with a federal criminal offense in New Jersey. For individuals who are facing NJ federal criminal prosecution or sentencing in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, or state criminal prosecution or sentencing in the criminal courts of New Jersey, or who are appealing their criminal matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the New Jersey Appellate Division, or the Supreme Court of New Jersey, it is critical to have an experienced federal and state New Jersey criminal defense attorney represent you. The experienced criminal defense lawyers of Schwartz & Posnock appear in all Federal Courts of New Jersey, as well as the State and Municipal criminal courts in New Jersey, and have convenient locations in Monmouth County (Eatontown), Essex County (Livingston), Union County (Linden), and Middlesex County (East Brunswick). Call us at 732-544-1460 or email us at to schedule an appointment. We look forward to obtaining a positive outcome of your case. IMG_0555

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DAVID A. SCHWARTZ, is a criminal lawyer in New Jersey, practicing with the law firm of Schwartz & Posnock. With 30 years combined experience, David shares the firm’s knowledge through article writings and blogs. You can contact him at:


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