Criminal Defense Attorney in South Jersey
Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer Represents Clients Accused of Crimes in Camden County, Burlington County and Throughout New Jersey
Unfortunately, being arrested for a crime overshadows everything else in your life. Suddenly, the whole world comes to a stop as you contemplate a future. If convicted, you will face significant limitations to your freedom and your future opportunities. Fines, probation or even a lengthy prison term are all possibilities. While it may be common to feel that your situation is hopeless, you shouldn’t make the mistake of waiting to see how your situation unfolds. Our skilled criminal defense lawyer has both the knowledge and resources necessary to take effective steps to have the allegations against you reduced or even dismissed if possible in your case.
At Gelman Law, LLC, we believe in the criminal justice system and will leave no stone unturned in our fight to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Whatever charges you face, our criminal defense lawyer is here to help. Our law firm works to clear your name by challenging the evidence that the prosecution has gathered against you. We use reliable and proven strategies developed through conducting a comprehensive investigation into the specific facts of your case to mitigate damage at every stage of your defense. We have devoted our entire practice to building the strongest possible defense strategies for our clients accused of disorderly persons, felonies, DUIs and other related crimes in New Jersey, so call today to see how we can help in your case.
Our Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer Handles All Types of Cases
Our seasoned criminal defense lawyer has the resources to handle all types of criminal defense cases in New Jersey. Some serious charges that require immediate defense involve:
- Sex Crimes: Sex crime cases can be complicated to navigate and are always emotionally difficult for everyone involved. Furthermore, the repercussions of a conviction will be life-altering. Because of this, you need a criminal defense lawyer with significant experience and skills to advocate on your behalf. These crimes may involve rape, date rape, sexual assault, child pornography, Megan’s law removal, etc.
- Violent Crimes: Violent crimes may involve accusations of aggravated assault, kidnapping, domestic violence, restraining orders, homicide and more. If convicted, you will certainly face a lengthy prison sentence and significant adverse effects in both your personal and professional lives.
- Weapons Charges: New Jersey courts are harsh when it comes to cases involving weapons. These charges often are tacked on to other alleged crimes, such as assault and battery or a theft crime. Because of newly developed laws designed to deter weapons use, the potential consequences of a conviction are almost always extremely severe.
- Drug Charges: Drug-related crimes are among the most common in New Jersey. Usually, charges involve allegations of manufacturing, possession, possession with intent to sell or trafficking. Common drug charges include: marijuana, heroin, opioids and prescription drugs.
- Theft Crimes: Although theft crimes often seem like minor offenses, shoplifting, petty theft and burglary, and credit card fraud, can carry significant and unexpected penalties. Further, allegations of more serious theft crimes, such as armed robbery, can have devastating consequences.
- DWI/DUI Charges: New Jersey DWI/DUI charges are unfortunately extremely common. Conviction could result in damage to your reputation, restrictions on your ability to drive and limitations to your job, in addition to significant monetary fines. The severity of your DWI charges can be affected by multiple DWI/DUI charges, breath test refusals and more.
- Juvenile Court: A crime committed as a juvenile can color your future dramatically. If you or a child have been accused of committing a crime as a minor, our criminal defense lawyer is skilled in navigating New Jersey’s juvenile criminal justice system.
- Traffic Tickets: Receiving a traffic ticket doesn’t necessarily mean negative consequences are inevitable. Common traffic tickets include: speeding, driving without insurance, driving without a license, driving while suspended, reckless driving and many more.
- Expungements: An expungement is a court-ordered process where the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction becomes “sealed”. When a conviction is expunged, it’s as though it has been erased in the eyes of the law.
Seasoned Criminal Defense Lawyer Skillfully Navigates the New Jersey Criminal Justice System
A criminal conviction can be life-altering, regardless of the severity of the crime. Depending on your history, even minor offenses could have serious penalties. For example, you can have your license revoked and have difficulty returning to work even as a result of minor charges related to traffic tickets. Furthermore, New Jersey’s complex criminal laws leave much room for interpretation, which makes the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney who is committed to your defense your most valuable asset regardless of the charges against you.
Contact a Hard-Hitting Criminal Defense Lawyer to Discuss Your Case Today
Do you believe that you are under investigation for a crime? Have you been arrested for a crime? Are you confused about your rights and ways to reduce or dismiss charges? The longer you wait, the more time that the prosecution has to collect evidence that can be used to your detriment. As soon as you learn of an ongoing investigation, it’s important that you exercise your right to legal representation. Our reliable criminal defense lawyer will work tirelessly to build the strongest possible defense in your case.
Regardless of the charges that have been filed against you, it is important that you act fast. Our experienced criminal defense lawyer is prepared to help you at any stage of your case. We handle every aspect of your defense, including by analyzing all evidence, calling witnesses and negotiating with the prosecution. Call or contact our office to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss what happened in your case today.
Frequently Asked Questions About New Jersey Criminal Law
FAQ: What should I do if I have been arrested on criminal charges in New Jersey?
Immediately after you discover you are under investigation, contact a criminal defense attorney. Alternatively, if you have already been arrested, politely remain silent and ask to speak to a lawyer. As tempting as it may be to defend yourself, it is far better to remain silent even if you are certain that you are innocent or that there has been a mistake. Legally, the police must stop interrogating you once you request to speak to a lawyer. In far too many cases, people make the mistake of talking to the police, only to have their innocent words turned against them by the prosecution at a later stage. Because every criminal case is unique, it is always in your best interest to speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is on your side before telling your side to the police.
FAQ: Are there any alternatives to conviction if I have been arrested for committing a crime in New Jersey?
Yes. For certain non-violent first offenders, New Jersey offers several alternatives to conviction. These are known as diversionary programs, and may include conditional discharge, conditional dismissal or pre-trial intervention. All of these options will include conditions that you must abide by in order to successfully complete the program but can, in some cases, present viable alternatives to formal trial and conviction.