If you have received a summons for a court proceeding known as a pre-arraignment conference, or an arraignment in Middlesex County, you must appear at this hearing at the Superior Courthouse in New Brunswick. You should call a Middlesex County Criminal Defense Lawyer for a consultation on your arrest, charge and case. The court is located at 56 Paterson St., P. O. Box 964, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
At this procedural court hearing, you and your attorney will meet with representatives of the Middlesex Probation Department and/or Criminal Case Management Staff. These individuals will take some basic information from you and verify that the court has the correct contact information to send you future summons for the arraignment, status conferences and trial. They will take also take note of your attorney’s information for the court’s records.
You should cooperate with the staff during your interview. However, you have a Fifth Amendment right to remain silent throughout your case. You obviously not make any incriminating statements or do anything else that may jeopardize your case.
Your attorney may receive discovery (evidence) at this hearing and order transcripts of the Grand Jury presentment. Note: If you have been scheduled for a pre-arraignment or arraignment, you have already been indicted. Your lawyer can arrange for you to be interviewed for Middlesex County’s pre-trial intervention program at this time.
Keep in mind that what you say at your PTI interview cannot be later used against you at trial. An attorney who knows the process and is familiar with the ins and outs of the PTI program can help prepare you for this interview to maximize your chances of getting entered into the program. If you are successful in being admitted, and if you satisfactorily complete the program, the charges against you may be dismissed at the end of the term. The term will be set by the judge your case is assigned to.
Your pre arraignment conference notice will be sent to in a carbon copy type envelope via regular mail. It will order you to appear in a certain judge’s courtroom. However, you will not likely ever see a judge on this date. The Middlesex County Criminal Part judges include Judge Ferencz, Judge Nieves, Judge Paone, Judge English, Judge Pinkus.