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NEW JERSEY LEMON FRAUD FACTS AND NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW FACTS
This article only discusses the New Jersey New Car Lemon Law. The New Jersey Used Car Lemon Law is an entirely different New Jersey Law discussed in a separate article located on this website.

THE NEW JERSEY LEMON 3 REPAIR ATTEMPT RULE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW “PRESUMPTION”

WHAT IS THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW “PRESUMPTION”?
The New Jersey Lemon car, New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey Lemon recreational vehicle or New Jersey Lemon motorcycle is presumed to be a “Lemon” if, within the first 24,000 miles of operation or during the period of two years following the date of original delivery of New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey Lemon motorcycle to a New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee, whichever is the earlier date:

• Substantially the same defect has been subject to repair three or more times by the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer or the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer’s car dealer (other than a New Jersey car defect likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle is driven) and the defect continues to exist; or

• New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle is out of service by reason of repair for one or more defects for a cumulative total of 20 or more calendar days or in the case of a New Jersey Lemon motorhome, for 45 or more calendar days, since the original delivery of New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle and a New Jersey car defect continues to exist; or

• A New Jersey car defect likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle is driven has been subject to examination or repair at least once by the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer or the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer’s car dealer and the defect continues to exist; and

• The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer receives written notification, by or on behalf of the New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee, by certified mail return receipt requested, of a potential New Jersey Lemon Law claim and has had one opportunity to repair or correct the defect or condition within 10 calendar days following receipt of the notification. This notification must take place:

o any time after New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle has had substantially the same defect subject to repair two or more times, or has been out of service by reason of repair for a cumulative total of 20 or more calendar days;
o in the case of a New Jersey Lemon motorhome, 45 or more calendar days; or

o for a New Jersey car defect which is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle is driven, the defect has been subject to examination or repair at least once by the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer or the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer’s car dealer, and the defect continues to exist.

The two-year term and the 20-day period or 45-day period for New Jersey Lemon motorhomes for the New Jersey Lemon Law presumption is extended by any period of time during which repair services are not available to the New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee because of a war, invasion or strike, or a fire, flood, or other natural disaster.

In the case of a New Jersey Lemon motorhome where two or more manufacturers contributed to the construction of the New Jersey Lemon motorhome, it shall not be considered as any examination or repair attempt if the repair facility at which the New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee presented the New Jersey recreational vehicle is not authorized by the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer to provide service on that New Jersey Lemon motorhome.

It shall be considered as one examination or repair attempt for a New Jersey Lemon motorhome if the same defect is addressed more than once due to the New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee's decision to continue traveling and to seek the repair of that same defect at another authorized repair facility, rather than wait for the repair to be completed at the initial authorized repair facility.

Days out of service for reason of repair for a New Jersey Lemon motorhome shall be a cumulative total of 45 or more calendar days.

HOW DOES A NEW JERSEY LEMON CAR BUYER TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW JERSEY LEMON PRESUMPTION?
After 2 repair attempts are made for the same New Jersey car defect, your New Jersey Lemon attorney can prepare and forward the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer the written notice required for the presumption to apply under the New Jersey Lemon Law. By sending that letter, you are giving the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer another chance to fix the New Jersey lemon car. If the notice is completed improperly, the mistake could affect your chance to claim the presumption.

DO I HAVE TO MEET THE NEW JERSEY LEMON PRESUMPTION TO WIN MY NEW JERSEY LEMON CASE?
Meeting the presumption is not a requirement under the New Jersey Lemon Law. This means your New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey Lemon motorcycle does not necessarily have to be out of service for 20 or more days or undergo a certain number of repairs to qualify as a Lemon. Further, even compliance with the presumption’s written notice requirement does not assure that you shall win your New Jersey Lemon lawsuit.

IF I QUALIFY FOR THE NEW JERSEY LEMON PRESUMPTION DO I AUTOMATICALLY WIN MY NEW JERSEY LEMON CASE?
Many New Jersey Lemon Law cases do not qualify for the New Jersey Lemon Law presumption but they are still successful New Jersey Lemon Law cases. Also, even if you or your New Jersey lemon attorney do what is necessary to get the New Jersey Lemon Law presumption, don’t expect the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer to simply give up defending the New Jersey Lemon case – the New Jersey Lemon manufacturer can still beat you! To win a New Jersey Lemon Law claim, you do not have to write any letters!!!!

WHAT DAMAGES CAN I RECOVER IF I PROVE THAT MY CAR IS A NEW JERSEY LEMON UNDER THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
If the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer is unable to correct the New Jersey Lemon Law nonconformity within a reasonable time, the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer shall accept return of the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer from the New Jersey lemon car buyer plaintiff or New Jersey car lessee plaintiff. The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer shall also provide the New Jersey lemon car buyer plaintiff or New Jersey car lessee plaintiff with a full refund of the purchase/lease price and any other charges, fees and costs, less a reasonable allowance for the use of the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer, which shall be calculated by the court.

HOW DO I GET A NEW JERSEY LEMON REFUND UNDER THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW?
There is no “magical” New Jersey Lemon Law fairy that gives out refunds or replacement vehicles to all deserving New Jersey Lemon buyers or New Jersey Lemon lessees. The New Jersey Lemon Law does not enforce itself. If the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer or its authorized dealer is unable or unwilling to fix the New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle within a reasonable period of time, the New Jersey car buyer, the New Jersey truck buyer, the New Jersey SUV buyer or New Jersey lessee can file New Jersey Lemon lawsuit against The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer in the Superior Court of New Jersey. If the New Jersey car buyer, the New Jersey truck buyer, the New Jersey SUV buyer or New Jersey lessee wins the lawsuit, the New Jersey car buyer, the New Jersey truck buyer, the New Jersey SUV buyer or New Jersey lessee can recover money damages and reasonable attorney's fees, expert witness fees, certain repair and vehicle rental costs and certain court costs, including the fees for filing the lawsuit. There is also an administrative legal process that the New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee can use instead of filing the lawsuit. However, there may be dangers to using the administrative legal process, since by using it instead of New Jersey Lemon lawsuit, a New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee may not be able to get all the relief that may be due them under all the laws applicable to defective The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer’s cars, defective The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer trucks and defective The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer SUVs.

SHOULD I TRY TO HANDLE MY CASE WITHOUT A LAWYER?
Since legal proceedings can be very complex, since all or most manufacturers use attorneys to defend New Jersey Lemon Lawsuits and since the New Jersey Lemon Law permits successful claimants to recover reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs from The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer, there is little benefit to a New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee trying to handle a Lemon Law case without being represented by a New Jersey Lemon lawyer. Indeed, it is often quite easy for manufacturers’ attorneys to defeat New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessees who try to handle New Jersey Lemon Lawsuits without a New Jersey Lemon lawyer. Also, if you try to represent yourself, you may fail to take an important step (miss a deadline, fail to complete crucial paperwork, etc.) and jeopardize your case.

SHOULD I WAIT TO SEE IF THE NEW JERSEY LEMON CAR, THE NEW JERSEY LEMON TRUCK, NEW JERSEY LEMON SUV, NEW JERSEY RECREATIONAL VEHICLE OR NEW JERSEY MOTORCYCLE IS FIXED?
If your New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle has been at The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer’s dealership at least 20 or more cumulative days for repairs for the same problem or has been subject to repair 3 times for the same problem, you should not wait any longer to ask a New Jersey Lemon lawyer to evaluate your New Jersey Lemon Law case. Legal proceedings may take time to be concluded and thus, the longer you wait to find out you have a New Jersey Lemon Law case (or if you have a valid case, to begin the process), the longer you shall likely have to wait to conclude your case. Delay could hurt your New Jersey Lemon Law case.

IF I FINANCED MY NEW JERSEY LEMON CAR, THE NEW JERSEY LEMON TRUCK, NEW JERSEY LEMON SUV, NEW JERSEY RECREATIONAL VEHICLE OR NEW JERSEY MOTORCYCLE’S PURCHASE, CAN I STOP MAKING PAYMENTS?
It is generally very, very risky for a New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee to decide to stop making payments on New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle simply because it doesn’t work well or even if it doesn’t work at all. Failing to make payments on New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle could result in: (1) the credit of everyone on New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle’s loan being damaged; (2) New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle being repossessed; (3) everyone on New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle’s loan being sued; (4) ultimately, in a money judgment being entered against you, which may even exceed New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle original price. Failing to make payments on New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle’s loan could make a bad situation much, much worse. When you are considering whether to pursue a New Jersey Lemon Law claim, always consult with a New Jersey Lemon lawyer before deciding to stop making payments on New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle loan.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DO NOTHING ABOUT MY New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle?
If you have a valid New Jersey Lemon Law claim and you do nothing to enforce your rights, you shall be stuck with your defective The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer and the seller, manufacturer or warranty provider shall get the best of you. There are strict time limits for perfecting and filing New Jersey Lemon Lawsuits. Since the New Jersey Lemon Law is such a powerful weapon against manufacturers of New Jersey Lemon cars, the New Jersey Lemon trucks and New Jersey Lemon SUV’s, it is always best to seriously consider making a claim under the New Jersey Lemon Law before it is too late to do so. It can be very dangerous to read websites and conclude that a particular New Jersey Lemon claim does or does not equal a valid New Jersey Lemon Law claim. Do not try to interpret the law by reading a website!

WHAT IF THE NEW JERSEY CAR DEALER OR THE NEW JERSEY LEMON CAR MANUFACTURER SAYS I DON’T HAVE A NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CASE?
Ignore them and seek competent legal advice from a New Jersey Lemon lawyer. Only attorneys licensed in New Jersey to practice law are permitted to give legal advice and only they are able to evaluate if you have a valid claim. Until you speak with a New Jersey Lemon lawyer who is knowledgeable about this area of the law, do not draw any conclusions, regardless of what you heard from non-attorneys or read on the web.

WHAT IF I THINK MY FACTS DO NOT FIT THE LEMON LAW?
You should always speak with a New Jersey Lemon lawyer before coming to any conclusions about your claim. Do not try to interpret the law by reading a website! However, even if the facts of your case do not fit the requirements of the Lemon Law, you may be entitled to sue the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer or its selling dealer for a breach of your warranties under other state and federal laws.

SHOULD I FILE A NEW JERSEY LEMON CLAIM WITH THE NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW UNIT?
The New Jersey Division of New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessee Affairs established a New Jersey Lemon Law Unit for the handling of New Jersey Lemon Law claims. You are not required to file a New Jersey Lemon claim with the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit. If you file a New Jersey Lemon claim with the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit, you do not receive a trial by New Jersey Lemon law case jury. However, if you or your New Jersey Lemon attorney file a New Jersey lemon lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey and properly demand a New Jersey Lemon law case jury and your New Jersey Lemon lawsuit is not dismissed before the New Jersey Lemon law case jury decides the New Jersey Lemon claim, a New Jersey Lemon law case jury of your peers decides whether you win or lose your New Jersey Lemon lawsuit. Under New Jersey Law, if citizens have a valid New Jersey Lemon lawsuit, they have a right to have their New Jersey Lemon lawsuit decided by a New Jersey Lemon law case jury. A New Jersey Lemon Law Unit claim is decided by a single administrative law judge instead of by a New Jersey Lemon law case jury of your peers. Who would you rather have decide your New Jersey Lemon lawsuit? A New Jersey judge without a New Jersey Lemon law case jury or a New Jersey judge with a New Jersey Lemon law case jury of your peers? Another disadvantage to the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit is that, while you may have more than one claim against The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer (and thus multiple ways of recovering damages), you may bring only one type of claim against The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer in the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit proceeding. Usually, the New Jersey car buyers, the New Jersey truck buyers, the New Jersey SUV buyers and New Jersey vehicle lessees who qualify for relief under the New Jersey Lemon Law also qualify for help under other laws. But the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit does not permit the New Jersey car buyers, the New Jersey truck buyers, the New Jersey SUV buyers and New Jersey vehicle lessees to seek relief under laws other than the New Jersey Lemon Law, which often results in their weakening their changes to recover money damages for their defective New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle. If you attempt to handle a New Jersey Lemon claim by yourself through the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit, you may lose your New Jersey Lemon claim by failing to follow the required procedures or by failing to present sufficient proofs at any hearing or by failing to pursue rights under laws other than the New Jersey Lemon Law. Usually manufacturers are represented by attorneys who are more familiar than you with such claims and quite often, the New Jersey Lemon buyer or New Jersey Lemon lessees who represent themselves before the New Jersey Lemon Law Unit fail to prove their New Jersey Lemon claim.

DO I HAVE TO START A NEW JERSEY LEMON LAW CLAIM WITH NEW JERSEY ARBITRATION OR NEW JERSEY MEDIATION BEFORE FILING NEW JERSEY LEMON LAWSUIT?
Regardless of what The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer’s warranty says, usually, the New Jersey car buyers, the New Jersey truck buyers, the New Jersey SUV buyers and New Jersey vehicle lessees do not have to proceed to New Jersey arbitration or New Jersey mediation before filing New Jersey Lemon lawsuit against The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer under the New Jersey Lemon Law. Under the New Jersey Lemon Law, if the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer has its own dispute settlement or New Jersey arbitration program, the New Jersey car buyer, the New Jersey truck buyer, the New Jersey SUV buyer or New Jersey lessee does not have to participate in it before filing New Jersey Lemon lawsuit against The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer. Even if the New Jersey car buyer, the New Jersey truck buyer, the New Jersey SUV buyer or New Jersey lessee decides to participate in such a program, if dissatisfied with the result, the New Jersey car buyer, the New Jersey truck buyer, the New Jersey SUV buyer or New Jersey lessee may be able to file New Jersey Lemon lawsuit against The New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer. However, by deciding to proceed with a New Jersey Lemon New Jersey arbitration process before filing New Jersey Lemon lawsuit, many the New Jersey car buyers, the New Jersey truck buyers, the New Jersey SUV buyers and New Jersey vehicle lessees waste much time and effort that could be better spent proceeding with New Jersey Lemon lawsuit. Often, Lemon Law dispute resolution programs increase rather than decrease the time it takes to resolve a case. There are some exceptions, such as if you signed a New Jersey Lemon New Jersey arbitration agreement. However before considering whether to begin New Jersey Lemon lawsuit or whether to begin any New Jersey mediation or New Jersey arbitration, you should speak to a New Jersey Lemon lawyer to have them review your New Jersey Lemon claim and to determine exactly how you should proceed.

NEW JERSEY OWNERS AND THE NEW JERSEY LEMON CAR MANUFACTURER VEHICLE LESSEES CALL NOW FOR A NO OBLIBATION PHONE CONSULTATION!
If you live in New Jersey and you bought a New Jersey Lemon car, the New Jersey Lemon truck, New Jersey Lemon SUV, New Jersey recreational vehicle or New Jersey motorcycle in New Jersey, contact Paul DePetris today for a no obligation consultation about what he can do for you. Call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris.

DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY LEMON LAWSUITS?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• represented New Jersey lemon car buyers and other automobile purchasers and owners, new and used car dealers, banks and automotive lenders, boat purchasers and owners, watercraft purchasers and owners, marinas, junk yard dealers, home buyers, home sellers, home repair customers, home repair contractors, home inspectors, real estate brokers, real estate agents in New Jersey disputes.
• appeared in New Jersey court in cases involving New Jersey Lemon Law disputes.
• won New Jersey Lemon Lawsuits.
• settled New Jersey Lemon Law claims and cases, recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars in money and replacement vehicles for many clients.
• worked on New Jersey Lemon Law claims and cases involving many types of automobiles, such as those manufactured by General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Fleetwood, Winnebago, Honda, the New Jersey Lemon car manufacturer, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes and Volkswagen.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR NEW JERSEY CASE?
Handling your New Jersey case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a competent New Jersey lawyer!
Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey case. Not all New Jersey cases require you to pay expensive legal fees to get legal help.

WHY SHOULD NEW JERSEY PRO SE PLAINTIFFS AND NEW JERSEY PRO SE DEFENDANTS SEEK HELP FROM A NEW JERSEY LAWYER?
Handling your New Jersey case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a competent New Jersey lawyer!
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants make the mistake of not consulting a New Jersey lawyer before filing New Jersey Court papers only to later learn that the New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants made serious mistakes that could cause them to lose their New Jersey case. Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your New Jersey case.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT PERSONNEL FOR LEGAL ADVICE?
New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees. Most New Jersey Court employees are not trained New Jersey attorneys and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the New Jersey Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT FORMS PROVIDED BY THE NEW JERSEY COURT?
The New Jersey Court usually provides certain types of New Jersey Court legal forms to the public and those forms are often very helpful. However, beware relying on New Jersey Court forms provided by the New Jersey Court – the New Jersey Court forms are often deceptively simple, while New Jersey cases often are much more complex than they first appear to be. There is simply no substitute for a competent New Jersey attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey who has experience handling New Jersey cases. New Jersey Court forms don’t talk and New Jersey Court forms and their directions rarely, if ever, cover every possible situation, set of facts or legal issue that may arise in a New Jersey case. Each New Jersey case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a competent New Jersey attorney, it is best to have the New Jersey attorney prepare your New Jersey Court paperwork for you.

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY CASE MYSELF?
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants can and do successfully handle New Jersey cases, from filing the first paperwork to the collection of a New Jersey Court judgment. However, many other New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their New Jersey cases or that result in the entry of a New Jersey Court money judgment against them. The greater the money at stake, the greater the reason to consider using the services of a competent attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey to handle part or all of the New Jersey case. The following are reasons to use an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey case:
• New Jersey Court fees often change
• New Jersey Court rules often change
• New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees
• New Jersey Court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in Court
• each New Jersey case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
• it is very common for New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Court complaints that result in the New Jersey Court complaints or answers to New Jersey Court complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Court or being dismissed by the New Jersey Court after filing and before or after trial because of procedural deficiencies.
• it is not uncommon for judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party’s lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the New Jersey case.
• a Court has the power to punish unprepared New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants, such as by throwing their New Jersey case out of Court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey Court trial.
• New Jersey has many published cases, laws, regulations, Court rules and rules of evidence that can be very tricky to understand and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at the New Jersey Court trial.
• it is very common for Courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items at the New Jersey Court trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants stumble into New Jersey Court with a video, photograph, bill or affidavit or other form of written statement, thinking they are going to use it as proof that they lost money or that they are not responsible for someone else’s damages, only to have a New Jersey Court judge tell the New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants that it is not going to even consider such items or documents.
• without the proper preparation, items and documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Court. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Court trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to Court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.
• you cannot show up at the New Jersey Court expecting the judge hearing your New Jersey case to explain Court rules, evidence rules, Court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your New Jersey case. The judge hearing your New Jersey case is not permitted to give you legal advice.

It is important to remember that even if you have an attorney, you could lose your New Jersey case. Hiring an attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey case does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to win your New Jersey case or to avoid certain mistakes.

DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY CASES?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• handled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey, from Bergen County New Jersey to Cumberland County New Jersey, including representations of individuals, small businesses and large corporations.
• settled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey.
• reviewed many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• enforced many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• provided New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants with New Jersey Court legal advice and prepared New Jersey Court legal forms
• prepared and filed many New Jersey Court complaints
• tried New Jersey Court jury trials
• mediated many New Jersey cases
• argued New Jersey Court motions
• handled New Jersey Court proof hearings
• handled New Jersey Court post judgment collection proceedings

Mr. DePetris has appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey in the following counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

IN WHAT NEW JERSEY COUNTIES WILL THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HANDLE NEW JERSEY CASES?
The Law Office of Paul DePetris offers to handle and help individuals and businesses with New Jersey Court Claims cases in North, Central and Southern New Jersey, including cases in the following New Jersey counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO HANDLE MY NEW JERSEY CASE FROM BEGINNING TO END?
In many situations, the Law Office of Paul DePetris offers alternatives to handling New Jersey cases for an hourly fee, such as by offering to handle your New Jersey case up to trial for a fixed fee or to help you handle your New Jersey case by yourself. Such flexible methods may allow you to keep the amount legal fees you spend on your New Jersey case to a fixed sum, while providing you the help you need to handle your New Jersey case. For a no obligation phone consultation about what the Firm might be able to do for you, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris. 
 

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