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Attorney Alan Peyrouton

Knowledgeable, Compassionate, and Responsive. Hackensack Criminal Lawyer Alan Peyrouton

Mr. Peyrouton will not only put your mind at ease. He’ll fight like a champion to protect your rights and secure your freedom.

Hackensack criminal lawyer Alan Peyrouton can guide you through this difficult time. With empathy, tenacity, and skill — sharpened by more than a decade of criminal defense experience in Bergen County courts — clients count on him to provide the legal help they need to resolve their cases successfully and move forward with their lives.

Being arrested and accused of a crime is a frightening and disorienting experience that can happen to anyone. And when your freedom and future are at stake, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and unsure of your next move.

New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney

Hackensack Criminal lawyer Alan Peyrouton, the founding partner of Peyrouton Law, has earned the highest honors for outstanding service as a criminal defense attorney. He consistently receives five-star reviews from satisfied clients, and his peers regard him as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the state.

He handles a variety of matters including DWI/DUI, Simple Assault, Aggravated Assault, Child Pornography Possession, Drug Possession, Temporary & Final Restraining Orders, Child Endangerment, and many more.

Mr. Peyrouton has represented clients before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the New Jersey Supreme Court, New Jersey Superior Court, and New Jersey Municipal Court.

100% Committed to Protecting Your Rights & Winning Your Case

Have you been charged with a crime, or are you under investigation in Bergen County, Passaic County, Hudson County, or Essex County, NJ? If so, you need to talk to an experienced Hackensack Criminal lawyer immediately.

Call (201) 686-9538 or submit the form below to schedule your consultation to receive free legal advice from Hackensack criminal lawyer Alan Peyrouton.

Regardless of the complexity of your criminal case, you can trust Hackensack Criminal lawyer Alan Peyrouton to be a fierce and dedicated advocate committed to protecting your legal rights and winning your case.

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Comprehensive Defense Against Criminal Charges in New Jersey

Because every case is unique and may involve multiple charges, Peyrouton Law provides personalized defense to every client. We represent individuals accused of a wide variety of criminal offenses, including:

New Jersey courts deliver severe penalties for crimes related to domestic incidents. These can range from restraining orders to indictable offenses (i.e., felony charges) with prison sentences. If you are facing criminal charges for a domestic violence crime, your best move is to remain silent and call a trusted domestic violence lawyer as soon as possible.

If you have been charged with drug possession or distribution, seeking legal representation from a qualified drug crime attorney is vital. Drug offenses can carry severe penalties, including heavy fines and mandatory minimum prison sentences. An experienced drug crime lawyer can fight to reduce or dismiss the charges against you.

New Jersey’s drunk driving laws are among the strictest in the nation, and prosecutors aggressively seek convictions for DWI/DUI offenses. If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or under the influence (DUI), a knowledgeable New Jersey DUI lawyer can help you understand your rights and provide guidance on how best to proceed.

A conviction for sexual assault or other sex crimes can have lasting and devastating consequences. Penalties include incarceration, hefty fines, and registration as a sex offender. If you’re facing criminal charges for aggravated sexual assault, statutory rape, child pornography, or another type of sex crime, contact a New Jersey sex crimes attorney immediately.

Under New Jersey law, violent crimes such as assault and battery, aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, and murder carry the most severe penalties. And prosecutors often seek the harshest mandatory minimum sentences against defendants accused of such crimes. In those situations, a skilled violent crimes attorney can mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.

Theft and property crimes include a variety of offenses. These offenses can range from burglary and shoplifting to more sophisticated white-collar crimes such as embezzlement, insurance fraud, cybercrime, and money laundering. Regardless of the nature of the crime, an experienced theft crimes attorney can work to reduce or dismiss the charges against you.

It’s easy to think traffic tickets are no big deal. But if you’re not careful, speeding tickets, reckless driving charges, or other traffic violations can become a serious legal problem. Along with hefty fines, you could face costly insurance premium hikes, loss of your driver’s license, and even jail time. Contact an NJ traffic ticket attorney for help.

New Jersey law classifies some lower-level crimes, like simple assault, disorderly conduct, and possession of marijuana, as indictable offenses. These charges are handled in municipal court and can result in up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 in fines. A knowledgeable defense lawyer can help get the charges reduced or dismissed.

We understand that a juvenile offense can have a lasting impact on a young person’s life. Our attorneys are experts in the nuances of New Jersey juvenile law and are committed to advocating fiercely for the rights and well-being of your child. Whether it’s negotiating a favorable plea deal or fighting the charges in court, we’ll work to achieve the best possible outcome for your child.

Choosing a Trusted New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer

Hiring the right Hackensack Criminal lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make to protect yourself and your future. A skilled lawyer can mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal or between a lengthy prison term and probation.

Greg M.Greg M. ★★★★★ Alan is truly a great attorney and a great man, he helped me with things I didn’t think could be fixable.Jaisonnah MJaisonnah M ★★★★★ I had a difficult case but Alan was able to get it settled and dismissed at a reasonable price.Cathy D.Cathy D. ★★★★★ I would highly recommend Alan. He was very thorough and compassionate.Greg D.Greg D. ★★★★★ I hired peyrouton law to represent me in three cases I had recently alen helped me through the hole thing he was there for me every time I called and explained what was going and what he was doing I wouldhighly recommend him he was the best attorney I have ever hadResponse from the ownerMuch appreciated Greg! God bless brother Aaron M.Aaron M. ★★★★★ I want to Personally Thank Alan at Peyrouton Lawfirm, LLC for his Professionalism, and Dedication in representing me. Not being from NJ, I’m So Glad I chose this Lawfirm to represent me in my Criminal Case. He was thorough from Start to Finish and the case was Dismissed. Thanks Again Alan at Peyrouton Lawfirm, LLC!!!Sergio H.Sergio H. ★★★★★ I was in a dire situation and needed rapid legal aid. Alan managed to help me get my case dismissed and I can move on with my life. He is a great attorney, reasonable prices, ethical, and not afraid to be straightforward with you about your legal manners. I strongly recommend to hire him. I’ve looked up to him since I met him. Alan is fair and understanding and very professional. He’s a really good lawyer !! He has a cool office by the way!Cynthia F.Cynthia F. ★★★★★ I encountered Alan when my back was against the wall. So many other lawyers were charging me an arm and a leg and I just could not afford it. Then Alan came in and helped me out tremendously. He was the first lawyer that I felt ACTUALLY listened to me and had my best interests in mind. From our very first conversation, I felt at ease. He and I were able to compromise on a payment and I felt very certain that I had found the right lawyer. Alan was able to get my charges dismissed and I will forever be grateful to him for his hard work. Thank you, thank you, and THANK YOU! God Bless you Alan!Response from the ownerMuch appreciated! God bless Svitlana K.Svitlana K. ★★★★★ Peyrouton law is a great company to seek a responsible and helpful professional assistance. The results and outcomes were positive on my end due to Peyrouton Law firm. I recommend others to be refered and seek help with this Firm, all the information and feedback based my personal recent experience.Yang LYang L ★★★★★ I highly recommend Alan to anyone seeking a lawyer who is not only a legal expert but also a compassionate ally in the pursuit of justice. His dedication, professionalism, and extensive experience set him apart as a true advocate for those navigating the challenging waters of domestic violence cases. Thank you, Alan, for your exceptional service and unwavering commitment to justice.Tim K.Tim K. ★★★★★ Allen took care of our legal issue professionally and quickly. Moreover, he is a decent man. Highly recommend him.Response from the ownerThank you so much. Glad I could help Joe U.Joe U. ★★★★★ Alan is a true and honest professional and extremely dependent in the business!!Larry B.Larry B. ★★★★★ If you need a lawyer, don’t hesitate. CALL HIM – plain and simple. He’s the best. I found myself unexpectedly in need of a lawyer. Usually doctors and lawyers are found through friends or referrals. Not knowing where to turn, I found myself relying on reviews. This led me to Alan, who had a number of very positive reviews. Well, the folks were not wrong. Alan is a brilliant, well educated, gentleman who has the experience and gravitas to navigate legal theory and the court system. He’s incredibly patient and understanding and helped me understand the legal aspects of my case in a clear manner. I’ve used him now for a number of matters. He is always available and responsive to any question or concern. He also provides a good dose of common sense and calming – always needed when emotions can run high when considering the facts of a situation. He saved me from considering stupid actions which would have hurt my cases. Ultimately my outcomes were positive. Be assured that his number is always available because one never knows when you will need a lawyer. I would always consider him first for any legal matter.Nicki ONicki O ★★★★★ Alan was my first choice attorney for a case that I needed to get clarity and take of within a reasonable amount of time. He was knowledgable, gave me the assurance that I needed and spent countless hours behind the scenes to ensure my case was being properly handled by the courts. Alan is a well seasoned professional and I greatly appreciate him for getting the surprise results of my case that left me feeling relieved. I can now live my life like the law abiding, tax paying citizen I have always been for many years. 10 out of five stars!sarah I.sarah I. ★★★★★ Amazing and professional, top-notch!Saved me and any job from a lying evil covert narcissistic person.Can’t thank him enough.No matter how complicated your case is, he is the lawyer for you.Crystal Lynn G.Crystal Lynn G. ★★★★★ Very responsive, knowledgeable and patient.Tom W.Tom W. ★★★★★ I contacted Alan, with an criminal matter I was involved with my Neighbor, Alan explained Process very well to me did not sugarcoated and told me what are the possibilities with this particular matter. Also advice me with best approach how to resolve this. He got charges Dismissed. Thank you!Richard F.Richard F. ★★★★★ I absolutely want to recommend Peyrouton Law to anyone that is in need of a lawyer! Why would you put your case in the hands of anyone else! Finding the "right" lawyer is one the most important decisions you will face. I didn't just go with anybody I went with Alan! Do you want your case dismissed? Do you want that record expunged? Alan did it for me and he can do it for you. So don't wait call Peyrouton Law and let Alan do what he does best! WINLijha S.Lijha S. ★★★★★ I highly recommend Alan. He is professional, explains everything clearly and represented me through my court appearance. It was great to have someone so knowledgeable in my court during a difficult time.Francis P.Francis P. ★★★★★ He did a great job at helping out a friend of mine get back his son and beating the case of course. If your in Jersey and need a lawyer, this is your guy.Joanna P.Joanna P. ★★★★★ This lawyer right here is very vocal in explaining you your case and how things should play out he has helped my brother in multiple case with winning’s great lawyer thank youR PR P ★★★★★ I want to thank this lawyer after witnessing how so many lawyers work ethic are nowhere in comparison with this lawyer @payrouton law . Watching him destroy my brothers baby mothers lawyer's lies and arguments with so much facts and charismatic emotion felt satisfying to see justice finally done, tha k you so much and God bless youChristopher M.Christopher M. ★★★★★ This lawyer did an excellent job proving a friend of mine’s innocence and reuniting him with his son. Definitely worth checking him out if you’re in Jersey.Anthony D.Anthony D. ★★★★★ Good people, helpful and courteous. Goes the distance when others won'tRicardo P.Ricardo P. ★★★★★ Amazing lawyer doing amazing work. If I keep winning with him, you can too!Response from the ownerMuch appreciated Ricardo. I’m glad we were able to work together and prove your innocence! eugenson J.eugenson J. ★★★★★ This lawyer did my friend Ricky a great job of winning a case for him. Definitely worth checking him out if you’re in Jersey.Quinn K.Quinn K. ★★★★★ My Friend told me about this lawyer and how he won a case for him and got him back together with his son. Not too many stories out there like that. Definitely give him a look if you’re in need of a lawyer in Jersey.Keishan P.Keishan P. ★★★★★ Great service class act got a friend who been going through it trying to get visitation to see he son and peyouton law came through with a huge WIN great jobRyan T.Ryan T. ★★★★★ Claude S.Claude S. ★★★★★ Alan is my lawyer for life. He's a gentleman in all regards that really knows his craft. I was facing a bunch of trumped up charges but truly innocent and Alan made sure I walked away unscathed case dismissed. Thank you Alan.ashley C.ashley C. ★★★★★ Alan is a great down to earth amazing attorney. He took on my case quick & was happy to help me out. He got me the desired results. He will definitely be on speed dial for me !Chase P.Chase P. ★★★★★ Alan is my lawyer for life. He’s a gentleman in all regards that really knows his craft. I was facing a bunch of trumped up charges but truly innocent and Alan made sure I waked away unscathed case dismissed. Thank you Alan.Oleg DOleg D ★★★★★ Professional, courteous and true to his word.Helped me with several traffic court issues and the result was exactly as he promised.Highly recommend!Yasemin Y.Yasemin Y. ★★★★★ Mr. Alan is the best lawyer anyone can ever ask for. He is a friendly guy and he explains everything clearly about your case. He replies to every question every time you ask. His service fees are affordable. Long story short, he is one of the best lawyers you can imagine and I would highly recommend him.RyderRyder ★★★★★ You are about to pick the best lawyer to service you. Alan is a PROFESSIONAL whose knowledge is outstanding. He’s upfront from day 1 throughout the entire case. All he asks is to be honest and he will go far and beyond to help you. I will recommend him and refer him to anyone in my circle. Whenever I was nervous about my case, I would reach out to him and he would instantly reply back. Alan was excellent with communication and flawless at returning calls or providing updates. Hands down the best is with Peyrouton Law!! Thank you Alan for all of your help.Tance G.Tance G. ★★★★★ Research no further... CHOOSE PEYROUTON LAW! Recently, I was browsing on google looking for a lawyer who would help my case, and Alan's name was one of the first names to come up on my google search. I gave him a call, and at the first ring, he picked up! I explained to him my situation, and before I knew it, he was ready to help. He helped someone who is very near and dear to me, and for that I am grateful! Alan is a wise lawyer, and will do anything to help win your case. THANK YOU SO MUCH ALAN!!!! I will definitely be working with him again.Ronald Y.Ronald Y. ★★★★★ Peyrouton Law, LLC. has lifted the writer from a most serious legal issue that could have lead to incarceration as well as a very hefty fine. This attorney took immediate charge and was able to reduce the fine to one-half of the posted amount. Further at the time of first contact, Attorney Alan Peyrouton informed that within three years passing, Expungement would be -in fact- forthcoming.That time has come with Full Grant Of Expungement for which this writer will forever be grateful: a promise made and kept!!This attorney stood by this client and always available for consultation, never adding to the retainer fee paid, which also included the New Jersey State processing charge for expunging.The "Night-Mare" is over and the legal issue is erasedas if nothing happened almost three years ago.One can not go wrong by selecting this Exceptional Law Firm.Exceptional Value, Personal Service, Expertise, Professionalism, Etc. - All: Outstanding!!Respectfully submitted,Ronald Yee- Continuing Client.Romario G.Romario G. ★★★★★ Depressed, confused, tired, giving up was all I was doing due to my charges I got and had to face until my attorney Alan showed up… my charges was definitely gonna put me away behind close doors and more than likely deported …it took 2+ years of investigations before we’ve heard anything at all .. lawyer Peyrouton called,left messages ,emailed throughout this time until he found a status for my case … by then it was so tense where it’d be federal where it was already pending at the Supreme Court but Alan worked his wonders and got it to the municipal court (don’t ask me how ) lol … (2 charges) he always shows up for court ,keeps me updated on everything as long as he heard any news …at the end of this hectic time of my life ,Alan could of made it possible for 1 of 2 to be dismissed and the other was lowered to a little over nothing charge ….being grateful is an understatement for me cause I surely thought this was the end but with an awesome lawyer that will work in silence but diligently , u can never go wrong ! Thank you again Alan 🫶🏽Response from the ownerMuch appreciated. God bless you and your family. zine benyahia H.zine benyahia H. ★★★★★ Thanks for your help Mr AllenResponse from the ownerYou’re a good guy Zin! Glad I could help Eugene K.Eugene K. ★★★★★ Thank you so much, Alan! Alan saved me from getting a felony on my record and I only ended up having to pay court fees. I will be eternally grateful to you, Sir! I recommend this man to anybody who makes a mistake or gets in trouble.Anthony RAnthony R ★★★★★ Allen took a case for me that could have had an enormous detrimental effect on my life . I was extremely nervous, but he assured me that with his extensive experience and knowledge, that I had nothing to worry about. He also was very clear to explain the potential and harmful consequences of this infraction. He got my case dismissed. Thank you, Allen!Response from the ownerMy pleasure Anthony Jessica R.Jessica R. ★★★★★ Attorney Alan G. Peyrouton has been a blessing to me. He was able to get my criminal charge dismissed on a first appearance with a low fine. Trust me, it wasn’t easy and he was quick to take on my case. Although my case was a misdemeanor, it still weighed heavy on my career, my reputation and being a divorced / single parent. Thank you Alan for your quick response and handling my case in a quickly matter. Your representation of my truthful character was solid and I will always appreciate you for that!Orelda W.Orelda W. ★★★★★ Alan Peyrouton is a great lawyer. Answer calls and text messages promptly. Cares about his clients and he is a very kind person over all . My experience were awesome I will recommend others to him 😊Vijay CVijay C ★★★★★ He is very knowledgeable and polite ,impromptu whenever I called ,texted or meet him for all my doubts . Professional and trustworthy at his workanup P.anup P. ★★★★★ Very much professional in his work, always approachable and responds quickly to all the calls or messages.Very much knowledgeable and smart to his work . Never took unnecessary charges/ fees .Abhi D.Abhi D. ★★★★★ Did a wonderful job with my case and working down the penalties to an agreeable plea deal.Taylor G.Taylor G. ★★★★★ Alan is an amazing lawyer, he was informative, respectful and patient. I have never been in a situation like the one I found myself in. I had to find a lawyer immediately, while scrambling for legal representation I came across Alan and he has been a blessing ever since.In a month, Alan was able to get my case dropped which helped me keep my job. He made me feel at ease from our first interaction. If you need a lawyer who cares about you and your case he is your guy!Sole C.Sole C. ★★★★★ Great lawyer. Number one in Jersey . 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Questions To Ask When Choosing Among Criminal Defense Attorneys

For peace of mind, you must be confident that you’ve hired the right Hackensack Criminal lawyer. During consultations with prospective attorneys, here are a few questions you might want to ask them:

That last question is crucial because a large law firm might have multiple Hackensack Criminal lawyers.  So be sure to ask if the lawyer you meet during your consultation is the one who gets assigned to your case.

Lastly, when choosing a Hackensack criminal lawyer, remember that you are hiring them to defend you. If you don’t feel comfortable with this person, move on!

What You Get When You Choose
Hackensack Criminal Lawyer Alan Peyrouton

No matter where your case is in the criminal justice process — when you hire Mr. Peyrouton, you will get the following:

NJ Criminal Law FAQs

Remain calm and remain silent. Don’t answer any questions until you have a lawyer present. Remember that police will use anything you say or do against you in court.

No, you don’t. You have the right to remain silent, and you should exercise that right. Politely decline to answer any questions until you have legal representation.

The cost of hiring a criminal defense lawyer will depend on the complexity of your case and the severity of the charges. Most criminal defense attorneys in NJ will have an hourly fee agreement; some may require a retainer fee. For more information about our legal fees and services, call Bergen County criminal defense attorney Alan Peyrouton for a free consultation at (201) 686-9538.

Most defense attorneys will answer this question with a decisive “no.” But here’s another way to look at it. If you want to increase your odds of being found guilty and receiving the harshest possible sentence in your criminal case, then representing yourself is a good idea. However, if you want the best chance of obtaining an acquittal, reduced charges, or a lesser sentence — you should hire an experienced criminal lawyer.

Penalties for criminal convictions vary widely and depend on the offense. They can include fines, probation, community service, restitution, imprisonment in a county or state correctional facility, and a criminal record. An experienced criminal defense attorney can explain the potential penalties for your criminal offense.

While most states use the terms misdemeanor and felony, New Jersey classifies offenses as either indictable offenses or disorderly persons offenses. Indictable offenses are the most serious and range from first-degree to fourth-degree offenses. Disorderly persons offenses are the least serious and include disorderly conduct, shoplifting, and simple assault.

It depends on the offense. For example, a conviction for a first-degree crime — such as murder, rape, or large-scale drug distribution — can carry sentences of up to life in prison. Lower-end disorderly person offenses, such as the simple possession of 50 grams or less of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), are punishable by up to 6 months in prison. The penalties for most New Jersey criminal cases will fall somewhere in between. An experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you of the potential penalties for your particular case.

It depends on the facts of your case and the prosecutor’s discretion. Your criminal defense lawyer will review your options, from plea bargaining to dismissal, and advise you of the best course. In some cases, your attorney may recommend taking your case to trial if the prosecution’s case is weak.

Yes. In New Jersey, you can petition the court to have your criminal record expunged — or sealed. While each case is unique, a skilled criminal defense lawyer can help you determine whether you are eligible for an expungement and explain the process of petitioning the court.

Speak with an Experienced & Affordable Criminal Attorney Today

When you meet with Mr. Peyrouton during your free initial consultation, he will listen to your story with compassion. He will then carefully assess your legal situation and explain your options to help you make informed decisions about your case.

Call (201) 686-9538 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

Peyrouton Law will aggressively defend you against all criminal allegations and work to get the best possible outcome for your criminal case.

When you or a loved one has been arrested, you have questions that need to be answered quickly. You have your side of the story that needs to be told, and you need to have someone who will investigate your case, one who will also vigorously defend you before a prosecutor and a judge. Your Hackensack Criminal lawyer needs to have compassion and concern for your case, but most of all he needs to be there with you to guide you through unfamiliar court processes and procedures.

 

You’ve been pulled over for speeding, and the police smell marijuana. The next thing you know, you’re handcuffed and heading to the police station. Could there be anything more frightening?

Or, what if your son has been arrested following a domestic situation with his girlfriend? He’s scared and sitting behind bars. You can’t rest until you know you have someone who understands the court system and can help guide him through the process.

No matter what the situation, you or your loved one is now facing the New Jersey criminal justice system, and it’s time to bring in an NJ criminal lawyer who understands local, state, and federal laws and, equally important, who will fight to protect your rights.

The most important thing your lawyer can do is help ensure your rights are protected throughout the court process. When you hire a Hackensack Criminal lawyer, these are the professionals who will represent you every step of the way. The criminal justice system is complex, and to make it even harder to navigate, the lawyers and judges seem to speak their own language. This “lawyer speak” includes big words and unusual procedures that are often hard for the average person to follow.

Your NJ criminal lawyer will be in charge of your defense. He will handle the issues surrounding your case from the arrest through the investigation and on into the court process. He will negotiate a plea bargain, take your case through appeals when necessary, and assist you in resolving issues following the trial.

One of the first questions you want to be answered when looking for a Hackensack Criminal lawyer is how much it will cost. Part of the fee structure depends on how your attorney charges – whether he uses an hourly rate or a flat fee. An NJ criminal lawyer can charge an hourly rate for the time spent on your case, including court appearances, phone calls, emails, and other correspondence. If your Hackensack Criminal lawyer charges a flat fee, however, he/she will evaluate the complexities of the case to determine his fee, no matter how many court appearances, phone calls, or emails are required.

Take advantage of our free consultation to see how much your case will cost.

When you have been charged with a serious crime, you could be looking at time in jail and/or a hefty fine. That’s time away from your loved ones and money that could be better spent on your family. You don’t want to trust your defense to just anyone. You want a Hackensack Criminal lawyer who will make you his/her top priority, one who cares and will dedicate his time and energy to your case. That’s why the initial consultation is so important. The first time you meet with your NJ criminal lawyer, you need to rely on your gut instinct. Pay attention to how the attorney responds to your questions and concerns and also focus on how enthusiastic he is about your defense.

You do not want to risk time in jail or heavy fines because you hired the first NJ criminal lawyer that you could find. You want to carefully consider who you choose, because this is the person who will be by your side, fighting for your rights. You want the most knowledgeable, most confident, and boldest Hackensack Criminal lawyer there is.

The first thing you should remember when you are arrested is that you have rights. The two most important rights are your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney.

That means that as soon as you are arrested before you answer any questions, you should tell the arresting officer that you want to call an attorney. The arrest process is frightening enough. Having an NJ criminal lawyer to defend you will give you peace of mind that someone is looking after your best interest, someone who understands what will happen through each step of the process.

While most states call them misdemeanors and felonies, in New Jersey, offenses are called disorderly person offenses or indictable offenses. The disorderly person offenses include such charges as simple assault, shoplifting, and bad checks. These are usually your lower level crimes, but they can still carry some significant charges, including a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

The indictable offenses (felonies) are so-named because your charges go before a grand jury who will determine if there was probable cause for your arrest. If the grand jury determines that probable cause exists, they will indict you on those charges. There are four levels of indictment in New Jersey, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

The first degree is the most serious and can carry sentences of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $200,000. These crimes can include murder, rape, and large-scale drug distribution.

Second degree offenses are still very serious and can carry penalties of up to 10 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines. Those charges can include arson, kidnapping, drug distribution, burglary, and many sex crimes.

The third-degree offenses can include DUI, possession of controlled substances, and certain burglaries and robberies. The sentence can include up to five years in prison and fines of up to $15,000

The lowest level of indictable offenses are the fourth-degree charges. These can include forgery and stalking, along with DUI. The maximum penalty for fourth-degree charges is 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

When you are facing jail time or hefty fines, you want your Hackensack Criminal lawyer to be fighting for you with every resource he has, working to get your cases dropped or dismissed.

After asking how much it will cost, one of the first questions you will have for an NJ criminal lawyer following your arrest is, “Can you get my charges dropped?”

That will be the first order of business for your attorney – to try to get the charges against you dropped altogether. This is not always possible, however. While charges may not be dropped, your Hackensack Criminal lawyer will work tirelessly to have them reduced.

Another option your attorney will try to get for you is a diversionary program. This means that your case does not go to trial, and you do not have to plead guilty. At the superior court level, your case could go through pretrial intervention (PTI), which is for indictable offenses (felonies). You may also qualify for probation if you have a clean record and have never had charges in the New Jersey criminal justice system. Another option for indictable offenses is drug court, a special program for people who are addicted to alcohol, drugs, or both, who commits a crime while under the influence.

Your NJ criminal lawyer will understand diversions that may be offered to you and will help you evaluate each of your options.

 

An NJ criminal lawyer should have a firm understanding of the New Jersey criminal court system, whether your case involves a disorderly person offense (a misdemeanor), like a simple assault, or the more serious indictable offenses (felonies), such as murder, rape, drug distribution or gun charges. He will be able to explain the battle plan he will use to fight for you based on his professional experience.

After your arrest, a call to your attorney will set off a series of events, all designed to ensure that you have the best representation possible. Your Hackensack Criminal lawyer will immediately begin his own investigation into your case. That could include talking with witnesses, viewing surveillance footage, and reviewing any other evidence the prosecutor has presented in your case.

Once the facts of the matter are clear, it is time to determine the best course of action for your case. This is when your NJ criminal lawyer will enter plea bargain negotiations on your behalf. He will review the evidence and facts of the case with the prosecutor and fight to have charges dropped or reduced.

Once he has reached a plea bargain that he feels could be satisfactory to you, your NJ criminal lawyer will bring that information to you and help you evaluate the options before you. Should you accept the plea bargain, your NJ criminal lawyer will help guide you in your next steps. However, if you choose to reject the plea bargain and have your case heard before a judge, your Hackensack Criminal lawyer will be ready to proceed. Again, the decision is ultimately yours and yours alone because the decision that is made will directly impact you and your loved ones.

Unless you are a repeat offender who is well versed in the criminal proceedings, the New Jersey court process is not necessarily something you experience on a daily basis. That’s when your NJ criminal lawyer will come in. He/she will bring his knowledge of the law and will have remarkable negotiation skills that have been sharpened by years in the Hackensack court system.

First, though, he will be a sympathetic ear. You have been accused of committing a crime, possibly a very serious crime. You are looking at time in jail, you are looking at paying lots of money in fines and restitution, and you could lose your job or be kicked out of school. The worst part? Nobody seems to be listening or to even care about your situation – no one except your NJ criminal lawyer. He will make it his business to fully understand your case, to have complete knowledge of all aspects of the situation that led to your arrest. He will do all of this because you are his client, and he is fighting for you.

Your NJ criminal lawyer is 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.

3 Stages of Any Criminal Case

Investigate

Your NJ criminal lawyer 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 been 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.

Plea Bargain

As your NJ criminal lawyer, I 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.

Trial

The last & final step in your criminal matter involves trial. As NJ 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!

Hackensack Criminal Lawyer Blog

NJ criminal  defense lawyer Alan Peyrouton discusses everything you need to know about your legal rights and the law.

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