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John F. Renner, PC
John Renner

2000 Lincoln Drive West
Marlton NJ 08053
(623) 328-8906

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John F. Renner, PC


Please Call: 623.328.8906

New Jersey criminal attorney

Trial Attorney Credentials

International Criminal Tribunal Memberships

Educational Activities

  • Fulbright Commission - Senior Specialist teaching United States Criminal Practice and Procedure at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic: September - October, 2006.
     

  • New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education - taught “Criminal Trial Preparation” to newly admitted lawyers as part of the required Skills and Methods Courses - November 28, 2007.
     

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy - professional training in the art of Advanced Trial Skills at NITA’s Hanley Advanced Advocacy Skills Program in Louisville, CO - June, 2008.

Please Call: 623.328.8906

 

Attorney Bio

Trial Attorney Credentials

International Criminal Tribunal Memberships

Educational Activities

  • Fulbright Commission - Senior Specialist teaching United States Criminal Practice and Procedure at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic: September - October, 2006.
     

  • New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education - taught “Criminal Trial Preparation” to newly admitted lawyers as part of the required Skills and Methods Courses - November 28, 2007.
     

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy - professional training in the art of Advanced Trial Skills at NITA’s Hanley Advanced Advocacy Skills Program in Louisville, CO - June, 2008.

Federal Criminal Defense

New Jersey Attorney - Federal Criminal Defense in NJ & PA


If you have been charged with a crime in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey or the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, it is critical to retain a criminal defense attorney familiar with the federal criminal justice system.  Federal charges and procedures are significantly different from state court charges- and frequently much more complex to defend for a number of reasons.   

The federal system has separate rules of procedure that dictate limitations on available discovery and strict time-frames upon which the case must proceed before the District Court Judge. The federal system also operates under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines which area complex labyrinth of rules regarding the appropriate recommended sentence.   

I am highly knowledgeable about the Federal Rules of Procedure and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  I know that federal prosecutors are tough because they rarely proceed with a case unless they believe they will win and have the tremendous resources of the federal government backing the prosecution.   In short, convictions are aggressively pursued on cases that are chosen for prosecution.   It takes a skilled and experienced attorney to defend your interests in the federal system either before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey or the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.    I have the skills and experience to provide an aggressive defense.  I invite you to contact my office to review your case.

Criminal Defense

New Jersey Attorney - Criminal Defense

Have you been accused of a crime in the State of New Jersey?  As soon as you come into contact with the legal system, you need immediate assistance from an experienced NJ criminal lawyer.   Prompt assistance can mean difference between keeping or losing your personal freedom.   I have the skills and experience to provide an aggressive defense.  I invite you to contact my office to review your case.

Below I provide general information on the criminal justice system in the State of New Jersey. 

How Does a Criminal Case in the Superior Court of New Jersey Get to Trial?

All criminal actions before the Superior Court of New Jersey are prosecuted in the name of the State of New Jersey. This is because when the offense is committed, it is the laws of the state that are broken, and the offense is against the people of the state. Either a civilian or a police officer may fill out a criminal complaint. If the complaint alleges a felony and there is probable cause to file the complaint, it is then forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office for a determination of whether the criminal charges should be brought before a grand jury. In some cases, the defendant may waive his or her rights to an indictment by a grand jury and the offense charged may be brought directly to court for a trial by jury or other resolution. An experienced NJ criminal lawyer can advise you on your best defense strategy. 

The primary function of the grand jury is to determine whether there is a prima facie (Latin meaning at first glance) case leading the grand jury to believe that a crime was committed and that the accused committed the crime. In short, the grand jury serves as a screening mechanism to protect citizens from having to respond to unfounded charges although experienced NJ criminal lawyers typically agree that the screening function of the grand jury does not provide significant protection to citizens. The function of the grand jury, however, is not to determine whether someone is guilty or not guilty of a crime – that is the responsibility of the petit jury, otherwise known as the trial jury. The grand jury considers whether there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against a person. The standard before a grand jury is not the same as the standard before the criminal trial jury and a complete trial is not conducted before the grand jury. Also, the technical rules of evidence do not apply to the grand jury.

After the charge is presented, the grand jury will hear testimony and review the evidence the State of NJ has gathered in support of its charges. The grand jury has the power to compel witnesses to attend its hearings; the accused and any witness on behalf of the accused generally do not testify. Grand jury hearings are not conducted in public so that witnesses may speak freely and so that the accused will not be publicly tainted if no indictment is returned. This is different from civil and criminal trials where, except in the case of family and juvenile matters, the trials are open to the public. The grand jury may either return a no bill, which means no indictment, or a true bill, which is an indictment.  Each offense charged must be separately stated, although the charges may be combined into one indictment. Each charge in an indictment is called a count.

Some time before the trial, the defendant will appear before a judge at an arraignment and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If the defendant pleads not guilty, experienced NJ criminal attorneys prepare for status conferences, pre-trial conferences before the trial judge resolving all pre-trial issues in the case and, if no resolution is reached between the defendant and the State of NJ, the case is scheduled for trial before the same trial judge. 

In addition, before trial there is a process called discovery, which requires both parties to provide a list of their possible witnesses and other information. The information provided by the prosecutor representing the State of NJ must include all relevant evidence, including things that may incriminate the defendant, as well as information that may be helpful to the defendant.

At this point, do you have any rights? Yes, see  New Jersey Constitutional rights in criminal cases.


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