If you have been scheduled for what is known as a pre-arraignment conference in Monmouth County, you will have to appear at this hearing at the Superior Courthouse in Freehold. Contact a Monmouth County Criminal Defense Attorney to discuss your arrest, charge and case. The court is located at 71 Monument Park, Freehold, New Jersey 07728.
At this hearing, you and your defense lawyer will meet with members of the Probation Department and/or Criminal Case Management Staff. They will take certain biographical data from you and verify that the court has the correct contact information from you. They will take information from your lawyer as well.
You cooperate and be polite during your interview. However, you have the right to remain silent at all times regarding your case. You should therefore avoid making any incriminating statements or doing anything else that may jeopardize your case.
Your attorney may arrange for you to be interviewed for the pre-trial intervention program in Monmouth County as well. Statements made during your PTI cannot be later used against you. An attorney familiar with the process and with the PTI program can help prepare you for this interview to maximize your chances of being admitted into the program. If admitted, and if you complete the program successfully, the charges against you may be dismissed at the end of the term set by the judge in your case.
Your pre arraignment conference notice will be sent to you by 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 Monmouth County Criminal Part judges are Judge Waldman, Judge Mellaci, Judge English, Judge Scully, Judge Vernoia, Judge Perri, and Judge Reisner. Judge Scully is the presiding judge of the Criminal Part and is also the judge in Drug Court and Pre Indictment Court in Monmouth County.