New Jersey Criminal Lawyer

New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers located in Hackensack are here to protect you. Areas we serve include Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic County. Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, our mission is the same: to safeguard your presumption of innocence.

Few things in life are worse than being wrongfully accused. Your freedom & reputation are our top priority. We will defend you during this tough time. We will help you with Assault, Drug, DWI, Theft charges & more.

As criminal lawyers, we have vowed to fight & support you. Nothing is more frightening than facing criminal charges. Regardless of the charges you are facing, we will work tirelessly to keep you out of jail & keep your record clean. Whether you are facing misdemeanor, indictable, or DWI charges, we are here for you. We’ve successfully represented clients facing disorderly persons offenses, assault charges, drug charges, theft charges, aggravated sexual assault charges, and more. 

If you’re facing criminal charges in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, or Passaic County, we make it our mission to get you the best result possible. Our clients live in or near Hackensack, Jersey City, Newark, and Paterson. If we can’t get your charges dismissed, we can either get them downgraded or place you in a diversionary program. Our team of aggressive criminal lawyers will strive to get you an excellent result. Contact us today to see how we can help. 

We Investigate

Your team of criminal lawyers will conduct our own investigation into your case. If you’re facing drug charges, we will research the facts of your arrest & research the law. The best criminal lawyers know that drug cases boil down to challenging law enforcement’s search of your person or property.

Another example involves assault cases. When facing aggravated assault charges, we need to determine your available defenses. New Jersey law permits you to act in self-defense. As your criminal lawyers, we will gather all available evidence and use it during our plea negotiations with the county prosecutor.

If you’ve arrested for a sex crime like aggravated sexual assault or statutory rape, we work with a team of investigators and & forensic experts to build your defense. These charges carry mandatory minimum prison sentences & you cannot afford to leave any stone unturned. If you’re facing an allegation involving a minor, they may charge with endangering the welfare of a child. DYFS is likely to get involved and you risk losing your children. This is a terrible situation to be in & that is why we strongly recommend that you hire a criminal lawyer.

In Municipal court cases, we will investigate the facts surrounding your disorderly persons arrest. Whether you’re charged with marijuana possession, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, shoplifting, trespassing, criminal mischief, or simple assault, we will carefully examine the evidence. The evidence in your criminal case includes police reports, witness statements, the police car video, surveillance footage, and more. It is through our investigation that we get evidence to get your charges dismissed.

During our initial meeting, we will patiently listen to your side of the story. We do not put a time limit on our free consultations so you will not feel rushed. Criminal convictions have serious consequences & for this reason, we need to hear all the facts in your case. A single fact may be the difference between your freedom & going to prison.

We Plea Bargain

As your criminal lawyers, we will aggressively plea bargain on your behalf. plea bargaining is an art that criminal defense lawyers must master. It’s during this stage that we fight to get your criminal charges dismissed. However, if the prosecutor believes that he/she has a winning case & refuses to dismiss your criminal charges, plea negotiations continue. 

If we don’t get your case dismissed, we exhaust all efforts to get you admitted into a diversionary program. Diversionary programs in New Jersey consist of Pretrial Intervention, Conditional Discharge, and Conditional Dismissal.  Although Drug Court is not a diversionary program, it serves the important function of helping you avoid jail. 

Now, if we can’t get your case dismissed, or if you’re ineligible for probation, don’t panic. As experienced criminal defense lawyers, we have committed to protecting you. When a dismissal or probation is not possible, remain calm. We never stop fighting! The last step in the plea bargaining process involves downgrading your criminal charges. This means that your indictable offense (felony) gets lowered to a misdemeanor. Once your criminal charges are out of “felony danger”, the likelihood of incarceration is slim.

If none of these legal strategies work, we take your matter to trial.

We Go To Trial

The last & final step in your criminal matter involves trial. As criminal defense lawyers, we will defend you to the bitter end. You have a constitutional right to your day in court. Whether you’re facing trial in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, or Passaic County, you need an aggressive team of criminal lawyers who will fight for you in the courtroom. We have a proven track record of representing clients in or near Hackensack, Jersey City, Newark, and Paterson.

We appreciate the fact that you are facing incarceration & getting a criminal record and therefore we approach trials with an “all or nothing” attitude.  Because every case is unique, so is every criminal defense lawyer. You need to trust that the lawyers who represent you love to fight for truth & justice. The only thing more important than the love of fighting is the love of winning.

Contact us today for a free consultation!

Areas We Serve

Our criminal lawyers are here to represent you in the nearby counties & cities. 

Our Commitment To You

You or a loved one have been arrested. Understandably, you are terrified & have a lot of questions. You’ve heard about plea bargains & probation, but the process is overwhelming. You want a local attorney near you to represent you.

Mr. Peyrouton is from Ridgewood & handles all types of criminal matters in New Jersey as well as nearby cities. The New Jersey Law Journal recently published one of his articles on the subject of criminal law.

How Do Your Free Consultations Work?

There are plenty of excellent criminal lawyers in our area. Most, if not all of them, offer free, 20-minute, consultations. However, our free consultations do not have a time limit. You will never feel rushed.

The best way for us to help you is to patiently listen to your side of the story. Your version of events will serve as the basis for your legal defense. It is during these initial meetings that your memory of the event is fresh in your mind. Why we would rush you during such an important aspect of your case.

We understand that your choice of attorney could mean the difference between your freedom and spending years behind bars. When you hire an attorney, you are entering a long-term relationship. For this reason, it is important that you feel comfortable with the team of criminal lawyers that will represent you.

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What Clients Say

Peyrouton Law
5.0
Based on 105 reviews
Edie Nolan
Edie Nolan
21:52 18 Apr 20
The office of Peyrouton Law Helped my family so much, I can't put it into words how much. The day we walked into the office we explained our situation to Alan and his associates and they took on our situation like we were family.
Edward Estupinan
Edward Estupinan
18:04 09 Mar 20
The Peyrouton Law firm is the place to go to if you need great representation. Extremely knowledgeable, honest and prompt. Alan and Kevin got our family through a very difficult and emotional matter quickly and with ease. The office was highly professional, responsive and compassionate. They kept us informed and advised us wisely throughout the entire process. I highly recommend this firm. Karen & Ed E.
traviscp longendyke
traviscp longendyke
15:41 04 Feb 20
Hey, this is Travis. Hope all is well with you guys. I just wanted to reach out and truly thank you guys for everything you did for me and my family and also believing in me at a point when I barely believed in myself. I am off the "conditional probation", and everything is over with. We have our three little beautiful girls (which The youngest just turned one a few days ago), we both have amazing jobs where we are very blessed to be making what we are making for our family, and we are in the process and about to go into contract with buying our first home (a BEAUTIFUL 400,000 dollar home).... Lizzy and myself just wanted to truly thank you guys for believing in me and doing everything you could so I can be in this amazing spot in life that my family is in. I owe a lot of this to you guys and I hope you know what you do does not go unappreciated and you guys are making a huge impact and you guys are a huge help on certain people's lives. This above was a text message that I just sent to Alan and Kevin. For anyone who is looking for AMAZING people to represent you, that will literally do anything and everything they can for you to receive the best outcome, then these are the people you want, I PROMISE you that. They literally made miracles happen on my multiple cases. Alan from day one made me promise him that I would do everything I could to better my life. I did that and in return I received the most amazing lawyers who went above and beyond for me and my family. I couldn’t of created a better pair of lawyers to represent me. If anyone is looking for great results on your case please give Alan and Kevin a shot and I promise you (because I owe a lot of my success right now to these men) that you will not be disappointed and they will do everything they can for you.
Jose Nose
Jose Nose
22:17 03 Feb 20
Alan and Kevin helped me avoid prison on huge drug charges. Then, they beat my DUI case. They’re the perfect combination of aggressive and humble lawyers. Fees are very reasonable and they really cared about me. I totally recommend. My lawyers for life.
Geraldino Fils
Geraldino Fils
00:32 01 Feb 20
Omar Newell
Omar Newell
18:07 23 Jan 20
MY LAWYERS FOR LIFE!!!!!Alan and Kevin are the Best!!!!!!Most genuine lawyers I’ve ever met...they were very detailed and kept me informed about the process every step of the way... These guys have a genuine passion for law and will work endlessly to ensure a favorable outcome... they treat you like family which is what everyone needs when faced with a situation...
Erico Pilates
Erico Pilates
03:18 16 Jan 20
Thank you Dr Peyrouton for your professional advice on my closing issue and for helping me with my litigation case. I am super grateful for a speedy successful outcome on this process.
njfirearms
njfirearms
05:03 01 Jan 20
Alan and his team have worked magic on cases and are the easiest to work with of the attorney's I know. I am impressed by how they get things done and their success with cases large and small. Always the first call I make when either I or my clients need counsel.
yuksel
yuksel
19:59 19 Dec 19
I was arrested for a 3rd-degree felony case. I spent 5 hours searching for a good NJ criminal defense lawyer online. Every lawyer I called was in a rush and demanded a lot of money. I didn't like how many of these lawyers talked to me either.When I discovered Peyrouton Law, I checked their reviews. Every review was perfect and I was skeptical. Nobody can be so perfect.I talked to Alan on the phone and made a free appointment to come in and see him.Alan and Kevin explained everything to me very clearly. They answered all of my questions patiently. I never felt rushed.Because of my special circumstances, they took my case for an extremely reasonable flat fee. Honestly, they treated me like a brother.Within a few weeks, they were able to get my felony case downgraded to a misdemeanor.Long story short, I ended up paying a small fine for a municipal ordinance.As a client, I only had to go to court only three times.Even though my case is over, I will continue to keep in contact with Alan and Kevin.I consider them excellent people and they've become trusted friends.If any of my friends or family members ever need a lawyer, I will just grab them by the hand and take them to see Alan and Kevin.You know, when I got arrested, I was humiliated, lost my vacation time, and lost a lot of sleep but the best part of this whole thing is that I made two great friends for life...
Brian Galbraith
Brian Galbraith
23:43 12 Dec 19
Alan and Kevin were the first attorneys I've ever needed for any criminal matter in my life. I was speaking with other potential attorneys for my hire and they were all very nasty and and in a hurry. upon hiring Allen he appointed Kevin Brown to my case. Kevin always listened to everything I had to say, took every detail into account and given that I work for a government agency he saved my career from going into the gutter. I had a felony dropped down to a disorderly persons offense and drop down finally to a municipal ordinance charge which leaves me with no criminal record. I could not thank either of you enough and I don't think that the retainer fee was even enough. Alan and Kevin both saved me and I am forever grateful. if you want good results and honest advice with a touch of hospitality and great customer service hire them now, get their business card and keep it in your wallet just in case. Five stars well-deserved.
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