Protecting the legal rights of people who have been accused of criminal misconduct in New Jersey
Allegations of criminal activity are an extremely serious matter. In many cases, a conviction for even a first-time offense can result in significant penalties, including probation, fines, community service, and even jail time. Furthermore, the existence of a conviction on your record can have significant collateral consequences as well. For example, employers may be less likely to hire you and a conviction could even keep you from gaining admission to an educational institution. Criminal convictions are generally public record, meaning that anyone with sufficient curiosity may be able to find embarrassing details about your past.
In many criminal cases, there are defenses available that may mitigate the consequences that a criminal defendant may be facing or may even result in an acquittal, should the case go to trial. Even in cases in which there are no defenses available, the representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney can often result in a favorable plea bargain arrangement which avoids the most serious consequences associated with a particular offense.
Offenses related to the possession, manufacture, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs are aggressively pursued by New Jersey prosecutors. These cases often arise when law enforcement makes initial contact with a defendant for reasons not related to drugs – for example, many people are accused of drug crimes when drugs are discovered during a traffic stop for a completely unrelated matter. Some of the more common drug offenses that people face include:
In New Jersey, the offense of harassment is either brought as a disorderly persons offense or a fourth-degree offense if the defendant is in prison or is on probation or parole for an indictable offense. The offense of harassment is set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4 and involves the following type of conduct:
Under N.J. Stat. § 2C:12-1, simple assault can occur in one of three ways: