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Ocean County Superior Court

Ocean County Superior Courthouse

Ocean County has a very busy court system due to its population of over 500,000 and its popularity as a large summer vacation destination. If you or a family member has been charged with an indictable offense (felony) in Ocean County, it is essential that you retain an experienced local lawyer who is familiar with the Ocean County Court system, including the County Prosecutors and Superior Court Judges. The Law Offices of John F. Marshall is located only steps away from the Ocean County Superior Courthouse, and consists of a team of defense attorneys with over 60 years of experience, including former NJ prosecutors, who are available to assist you. If you would like to learn more about your criminal charges contact us at (732) 286-6500. to speak with a knowledgeable defense lawyer or come into our law office for a face to face free initial conference. The following information specifically pertains to Ocean County Superior Courthouse and is intended to assist you in your search for information regarding indictable criminal offenses filed within the County.

Indictable Criminal Charges in Ocean County Superior Court

First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree & Fourth Degree Crimes

When a defendant is charged with a felony in Ocean County, they must go to court at Ocean County Superior Court. Felony crimes are indictable offenses, which include First, Second, Third, and Fourth Degree Crimes. These offenses are more serious than misdemeanors (disorderly persons) and township ordinance violations (which are heard in Municipal Court) and are often charges such as violent crimes (Aggravated Assault, Vehicular Homicide, Disarming an Officer), drug crimes (Drug Possession, Drug Distribution, Heroin, Cocaine), property crimes (Theft, Robbery, Burglary) and white collar crimes (Forgery, Prescription Fraud, Identity Theft). Indictable offenses involve a long and complicated prosecution process that starts at the arrest and goes on through bail proceedings, grand jury proceedings, arraignment, investigation, trial and appeal. An experience criminal lawyer can obtain your release on bail, get your charge downgraded, dismissed, or have you admitted into a diversionary program which can all allow you to avoid jail time.

Ocean County Courthouse & Criminal Division

The Ocean County Superior Court is located at 118 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08754 and the court telephone number is (732) 244-2121.

The Ocean County Criminal Judgesare:

  • Barbara A. Villano , P.J.Cr.P.
  • James N. Citta, J.S.C.
  • Wendel E. Daniels, J.S.C.
  • James Den Uyl , J.S.C.

Criminal Division (Main Number)…………………..732-929-4780

Ocean County Public Defender’s Office…………………732-286-6400

Frank Gonzalez (Deputy Public Defender)

The Ocean County Prosecutor………………………………Marlene Lynch Ford

Ocean County Drug Court

Drug Court is an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders geared to the rehabilitation for drug addicted offenders. The program consists of weekly meetings with the Drug Court Judge, probation and random urine testing. In order to successfully complete the program, you must complete in-patient treatment, which includes going to AA & NA meetings. Once you finish the out-patient program you need to get a sponsor, obtain employment, attend outpatient treatment and refrain from associating with those that use drugs and alcohol.

Drug Court Judge – Barbara A. Villano, J.S.Cr.P. , Probation Supervisor – Maria Rotunno (732-506-5030), Drug Court Coordinator – Carole L. Martin (732-929-2125), Team Leader – Jay Calvetto (732-929-4780 x7802)

Ocean County Probation

The Probation Division Manager is James J. Kelly (732-929-2042), the Chief Probation Officer in charge of Child Support issues is Sandy Connelly (732-929-2062) and the Chief Probation Officer in charge of Supervision is Michelle Tierney (732-929-2067).

Other helpful Ocean County Court resources:

Ocean County Sheriff’s Department at

Ocean County Surrogate’s Court at

Directions to Ocean County Superior Court

From the Garden State Parkway – Take the Garden State Parkway South to exit 82. Take Exit 82 for Route 37 East. Follow Route 37 east to the second traffic light. Take the exit lane for Hooper Avenue/Route 549 south. The Justice Complex is down approximately mile.

From South of Toms River – Follow Route 9 north until it joins with the Garden State Parkway, or follow the Garden State Parkway north. Take Exit 81 off of the Route 9/Garden State Parkway combination. This exit is marked “Water Street” and “Downtown Toms River”. Follow the exit straight onto Water Street. Follow Water Street east to the second traffic light, Hooper Ave/Route549 north. Follow Hooper Avenue north for two blocks and at the second traffic light turn right and the Justice Complex will be on your right.

From Interstate 195 East – to Exit 16B onto County Route 537 North. Take Rt. 537 N to the first traffic light, approximately mile and make a right hand turn onto County Routes 526 and 571. Follow the signs for Rt. 571 E. After approximately 1 mile, stay to the right to continue on Rt. 571. Stay on Rt. 571 for approximately 22 miles until you reach the intersection with County Route 549/Hooper Ave. Follow the exit for 549/Hooper Avenue south. The signs will also mention Toms River. Follow Route 549/Hooper Avenue approximately 1.5 miles to the Justice Complex.

No matter what kind of criminal offense you may be facing, the defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are willing to listen to your story and help solve your dilemma. Call us 24/7 at (732) 286-6500. to speak with a criminal lawyer today about your charges so we can assist you in putting this situation behind you.

What Clients Say About Our Ocean County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Exemplary attorneys. I hired them for a DUI and an expungement. I was happy with the results for both cases. Special thank you to Samera for always answering all of my calls and questions JC
I'm 45 years old and this was my first time ever getting in trouble with the law. I was in need of a lawyer and after careful research, I called John F. Marshall Attorneys and was introduced to Abe Basch. Abe was professional, supportive and very thorough. I had three charges against me, one civil and two criminal. I was so scared and expressed that to Abe. The first day I had to go to court, I was an absolute nervous wreck but Abe prepped me and kept my anxiety levels down by going over the process of the courts thoroughly with me. He fought to get my charges dismissed and won all three cases (two court appearances). Abe is positive, confident and he ensured I felt the same way. I'd like to say thank you to Abe for working so diligently on my cases to get them dismissed. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest! I highly recommend Abe for any charges you may be faced with. Rose C.
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