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NJ Bail Reform: Criminal Defendants' Pitfalls & Litigation Opportunities

By Andrew Olesnycky Esq., NJ & NY Criminal Defense Lawyer posted in Detention Hearings, Bail Reform on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

In January 2017, the New Jersey Legislature amended the State Constitution and passed legislation to dramatically alter the process by which courts determine whether a defendant is held in jail – rather than released – while awaiting trial. While defendants previously could secure pretrial release by paying bail money to the court, the new system, commonly referred to as, simply, “Bail Reform,” conditions pretrial release upon a judge’s determination of the likelihood that the defendant will fail to appear in court or commit another offense, without consideration of the defendant’s financial resources. 

Tags: Detention Hearings, Bail Reform

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