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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.


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.

Alysa M.Alysa M. ★★★★★ Makes a great confidant argument,and is such a comfort to have on our side!Haitian Bokor Leonard E.Haitian Bokor Leonard E. ★★★★★ This guy deserves 10 stars he works and is assertive. He is a heavy weight champ in the court room BEST LAWYER EVER he worked on my girlfriend’s case and got a her a victory. He is very meticulous and orderly in his defense. This guy is outstanding. 🥊 BEST LAWYER EVER !MetalBabe87 Metal High P.MetalBabe87 Metal High P. ★★★★★ I hired Al, for a Domestic Violence Situation. In the court system. He was beyond helpful. Very open and receptive. Communication was absolute key with him. He kept me in the know every email every text message. Communication was on point!He was and is very passionate. Leads with integrity boldness and truth. I have never seen so much tenacity in person. He was beyond helpful - explaining situations in the court system that I should expect.I highly recommend him. I will recommend him to any of my clients as well. He is absolutely excellent and straightforward. Definitely pushes the envelope and applies the pressure as a true lawyer should.Once again, I will absolutely recommend him for any cases in the future. An absolutely recommend him to friends and family. I hope to work with him again under better circumstances.Thank you so much - for your patience, guidance and help. You have been absolutely wonderful to work with.Yvette B.Yvette B. ★★★★★ Navigating the criminal justice system can be a daunting and intimidating experience. However, Peyrouton Law demonstrates an exceptional ability to guide clients through this complex world with the utmost professionalism. The firm embodies a comprehensive combination of knowledge, experience, tenacity, and effective representation. When my 22-year-old son, who resides in Chicago but works in New Jersey, inadvertently neglected to place his legally registered firearm in his checked luggage, he found himself facing arrest. As a mother residing in Chicago, I was overwhelmed with fear and uncertainty, being unfamiliar with New Jersey's criminal justice system. Upon reaching out to Peyrouton Law, they diligently represented my son throughout his legal challenge, alleviating my anxiety and providing much-needed reassurance. I wholeheartedly endorse and recommend this exceptional law firm.Response from the ownerThank you Yvette. Your son is a good man! Anji G.Anji G. ★★★★★ El mejor abogado que pude aver encontrado cada audiencia me sentí confiada porque sabía que todo iba salir bien no ablo inglés y también mejor abogado en abla español súper bueno de confianza y pudo quitarme los cargos de los cuales estaba acusada lo recomiendojessica J.jessica J. ★★★★★ Jesus T.Jesus T. ★★★★★ I am very pleased with the choice I made, when I choose Peyrouton Law Firm. Allan is such a great person and listens to you carefully and applied pressure to your case.Adrian W.Adrian W. ★★★★★ Allan has the best criminal attorney in New Jersey, he's a man of his word. If you in need of a criminal attorney search no more, here's one right here Peyrouton Law Firm.......Bruce M.Bruce M. ★★★★★ Best lawyer there is hands down💙❤️💙God is L.God is L. ★★★★★ Alan is a great experience good attorney hard working man 👨 looking for a good criminal lawyer Alan is the boss ❤️Pinki W.Pinki W. ★★★★★ Alan is a great attorney always on point 🫡deal with the matter how it suppose to deal with I will highly recommend anyone to AlanGarfield W.Garfield W. ★★★★★ Best attorney I will Recommend anyone to Alan he is very understanding and educatedMichelleMichelle ★★★★★ Alan is an amazing attorney, empathetic, dedicated to his craft and is relentless while working on his clients proceedings. He stays on top off all matter…updates his clients and explains every aspect of the case, so his clients are in the know and knows exactly what to expect before appearing before the court. If you need a criminal lawyer in the New Jersey area, don’t hesitate to give him a call! You will not be disappointed!!Alex R.Alex R. ★★★★★ Best lawyer ever he is humble and very intelligentMoe D.Moe D. ★★★★★ Mr. Alan was the best Lawyer I ever had. He was super knowledgeable about everything.He also knows all of the ins and outs And he is super well-connected, He will be your blessing on representation.Best choice i did 🙏🏻Big thank youMaribel A.Maribel A. ★★★★★ Alan is an amazing attorney. He is relentless when working on his client's matters, keeps his clients informed about every development on their cases, explains all the proceedings before the Court, answers all of their questions, and more importantly, is able to get the best outcomes by strategizing and aiming to get the best results. Alan has demonstrated his experience, expertise, and commitment to defend the accused and is by far one the best criminal defense lawyers in New Jersey. For those reasons, I highly recommend Alan Peyrouton to anyone seeking an excellent criminal lawyer in NJ.Christopher G.Christopher G. ★★★★★ Alan is an excellent lawyer. He helped me with my first case. He is very knowledgeable and explained everything to me throughout the process. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an honest and professional lawyer.LGL Trucking Services L.LGL Trucking Services L. ★★★★★ Attorney Alan Peyrouton , hasta el día de hoy podría decir que es el mejor abogado que he visto y he conocido , nos ayudó con un caso que pensamos que iba a ser perdido , pensamos que era imposible conseguir ganarlo pero el nos ayudó a ganar un caso de DWI con licencia comercial CDL , estamos muy agradecidos con Alan en verdad un abogado muy profesional y con muchos conocimientos . Lo recomiendo a cualquiera que necesite ayuda profesional .Ludimila A.Ludimila A. ★★★★★ My experience with Alan was amazing, I only have positive thinks to mention about him, he knows the law by heart, he speak Spanish, he’s more than smart, he’s a really good human being , he’s really polite, he’s responsible and dedicated to all his clients.My husbands case was really delicate, we were really afraid he would lose his license for a year, which is how we eat, since his a cdl driver, but thanks to Alan we can breathe and sleep peaceful at night, Alan is so good at his job that he got his case dismissed.His better than the lawyer from SUITS, he’s real!Thank you Alan you are amazing, the best of the best!If anyone needs a lawyer, a good lawyer call Alan!Denisa G.Denisa G. ★★★★★ Alan is an excellent attorney, empathic and also caring. If you are looking for an attorney who is knowledgeable and knows what he is doing then don’t hesitate and hire him. His prices are reasonable and affordable. He got me out of the legal situation which was very stressful for me and I can’t thank him enough. He explained things thoroughly to me a few times and answered all of the questions and concerns I had. I highly recommend him! Thank you for being responsive and helpful Alan.Cnidia V.Cnidia V. ★★★★★ Very profesional, makes the right questions during court.Muy profesional, meticuloso, amable, paciente e inteligente. Hizo un trabajo excepcional, el caso salio a mi favor gracias a su dedicacion y amor a su trabajo. Estoy muy agradecida por lo que hizo! Lo recomiendo 100%Ronald Y.Ronald Y. ★★★★★ After almost four years ago, Payrouton Law, LLC. was engaged to defend the writer against a serious legal issue which could have ended with incarceration as well as a hefty fine. The settlementwas one-half of the posted fine without incarceration! In additionit was advised that within two years of the court decree, proceedings to get "Expungement," was possible making clean all N.J. State Police Records, as if the incident Never Happened.All this time working for and on my behalf, this law firm labored and negotiated all proceedings to gain benefit of a clean record.The N.J. State Police took almost two years and now receiving a verbal communication confirming Records Finally Expunged is all due to the hard work and legal expertise of Payrouton Law.One can not go wrong by retaining Payrouton Law, LLC. to solve legal problems and issues.This law firm is Exceedingly Outstanding In Every Way!!Thank you for all your hard work and efforts for and onmy behalf!!!Respectfully submitted,Ronald Yee- Client.Maria F.Maria F. ★★★★★ Alan really helped me out of a delicate situation and made sure the final outcome was in my favor. I choose him based on prior reviews and took a chance and he turned out to be the real thing always looking out for his clients.Jazziel L.Jazziel L. ★★★★★ Excellent lawyer , Alan was by far great help with my case. Thank you for being so responsive to my self and my fiancée when we needed help the most. He sure helped me solve my case I highly recommend Alan Payruton. The best of the best .Michelle L.Michelle L. ★★★★★ Amazing lawyer, I am thankful and grateful for Alan words can’t explain how he help me and my finance at our most desperate moment. He made sure that we could count on him and assured us that he would make thing better which he did!!!I 💯 recommend him he will not let you down. Alan once again thank you for everything you have been a blessing!Kyle H.Kyle H. ★★★★★ Alan was by far the most effective and professional lawyer i have ever delt with. He is extremely responsive and effective in conversation. It was a pleasure choosing him to defend me and I would recommend him to all my family and friends.Response from the ownerThank you Kyle. Much appreciated. Good luck with everything! neils1205neils1205 ★★★★★ Excellent attorney. From my first interaction with him he was meticulous, caring and knowledgeable. He explained the nature of my case, strategy to proceed forward and possible ways to resolve the issue. He was quick to respond to my questions and concerns, and was very encouraging when I expressed doubts about my case. He guided me step by step throughout the process. Apart from being an excellent attorney he is also a great person. He was even-keeled with a wonderful temperament. I highly, highly recommend him.Hyosang M.Hyosang M. ★★★★★ Alan is a fantastic attorney. His empathy, expertise, and experience really made a distressing process, manageable. He was always reachable and available to answer our questions and guide us through our most recent legal situation. The most reassuring part of working with Alan is that he's literally the lawyer handling your case and communications, unlike other attorneys or large firms where you may get passed around. Bottom line, if you want results, hire Alan!Mladen G.Mladen G. ★★★★★ Alan is an exceptional attorney. We met with 4 attorneys before we met with Alan and we couldn't believe how patient, humble and knoweldgeable he was. The other 4 lawyers were so arrogant and impatient and they tried to scare us and demanded insane amounts of money. Alan was the opposite. He patiently answered all of our questions and quoted us a reasonable price. We felt so comfortable with Alan that we hired him instantly. My wife said that she felt his compassion and trusted him. Throughout his representation of me, he always reached out to explain each step of the way and what would happen. He held my hand throughout the process and never asked for more money. He resolved my case quickly because it was nonsense to begin with and wwe couldn't be more grateful. I highly recommend him.Cesar R.Cesar R. ★★★★★ I had a great experience working with Alan. His communication was clear and timely. I felt well supported throughout the legal process. I am confident in his guidance. I highly recommend Alan for his service.Nick I.Nick I. ★★★★★ Amazing lawyer! Very easy to work with & provided exceptional service! Would most definitely recommend Alan to anybody seeking assistance.Donny O.Donny O. ★★★★★ Highly recommend Mr.Peyrouton. He was very understanding & patient with me throughout the case and overall a great guy. You won’t regret it!Daniel V.Daniel V. ★★★★★ Mr Peyrouton did an amazing job representing me. From our first encounter until the end of the process. Very easy to talk to, explains everything clear and had my best interest at heart.Trineya J.Trineya J. ★★★★★ Our Attorney Alan Peyrouton ( P E Y R O U T O N ) was absolutely a blessing from GOD. We were in search for an attorney for my Husband and my mother-in-law came across Alan's website December 15th 2023 . From the first point of contact we were assured that, we were dealing with serious chargers and that He ( Alan ) was going to do everything in his power to make sure my husband gets home to me and his family. Alan was retained after the detention hearing witch meant he had to work extra hard. By all means that's exactly what Alan did, kept strong communication throughout the process, working while everyone else was on vacation for the Christmas and New Years Holidays. Alan spent serval hours with my husband getting to know him as a human being, After the first interaction they had Alan knew that my husband wasn't suppose to be in jail and that he was innocent. Alan wanted justice for us and he proved that at each hearing, representing my Husband with Integrity, Honor and Respect. I am grateful and will forever be appreciative for what he has done for us. We were looking at a 10 year plus sentence witch would have been detrimental to us especially to our kids. Alan was dedicated and consistent with providing professional and genuine representation, because of that he won our case!!!!!!!! Because of Alan my Husband didn't have to do any prison time & will be home with us this year! Thank you for everything you have done for our family, May God continue to Bless you and your family. Thanks again!I recommend Alan to anyone who's in need of the best attorney in New Jersey. Have faith in God & know that Alan will truly fight for you.Hector C.Hector C. ★★★★★ Excelente Abogado. Gracias por tus servicios.Joel L.Joel L. ★★★★★ I called Mr. Peyrouton one day after reading his reviews and checking out his website after i managed to get myself into some trouble with an assault case in NJ, he was with me every step of the way, very quick to respond and from day one he assured me everything would be okay. He managed to provide the most excellent service and managed to have my case dismissed and being that i had a clean record he also managed to seek an expedited expungement of my arrest record. He is a top notch lawyer i wouldnt recommend anyone else. It doesnt get better then Mr. Peyrouton, thanks again!Glory C.Glory C. ★★★★★ mahrima F.mahrima F. ★★★★★ I’m incredibly happy I went with Alan for legal assistance. He patiently heard me out and was extremely responsive at all times. He was very informative and honest, and once you speak to him you will be aware right away how experienced and knowledgeable he is. He was able to successfully bring me the desired outcome in a very short time and made the process as simple as could be. Hopefully I don’t need to contact him again in the future, but if the situation arises, he will be our go to person for sure. Super grateful we made the right choice!anthony F.anthony F. ★★★★★ Lo recomiendo Alan iso un buen trabajo cobre mi caso hoy me llamo y me dio una buena noticia gracias por tu trabajoCatt B.Catt B. ★★★★★ I am writing this review expressing my most sincere thanks for the most professional representation , Mr. Peyrouton is a honest attorney & through the entire process in dealing with this very stressful case he explained terms I didn’t understand, he is dedicated in providing the absolute best outcome that he can legally & professionally provide. I emailed for representation, he responded within 3 to 5 minutes I told him the situation on a Friday, he went to the county jail on Saturday to meet with my son, very impressive ! When I called or texted , he responded quickly & withmy son being caught up in what was a total nightmare of being convicted as a felon even though he was innocent of the allegations, evidence was proven by Mr. Peyrouton that my son was NOT the young man the police report wrote him out to be & now it is a misdemeanor , Praise God for allowing Mr. Peyrouton to be our attorney , I admire his composure, work ethic and most of all excellent representation. We Thank You!! If you need an attorney that is honest, compassionate, trustworthy & delivers result's in your favor, look no further he is the attorney you need !He is the Best in New Jersey , this is an honest review.Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping bring my son back home where he belongs. You are Phenomenal A++++++++ Excellent ❤️Madelin T.Madelin T. ★★★★★ Alan was very helpful, responsive and truthful. He did not sugar coat anything about the case I brought to him and worked very well to help resolve it. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.Spade B.Spade B. ★★★★★ Alan is the best lawyer in new jersey hands down i got charged with a AR-15 rifle which in jersey its a mandatory 5 year sentence and this man with the help of god really made moves and got outside resources like private investigators out his own pocket to make sure it can help my case and at the end im glad with his work i ended up with just 12 month sentence and 5 yr probation which is a sweet deal for a rifle charge in the state of new jersey i love you alan you my lawyer for life aint no doubt he will get you out hes really the best lawyer around i highly recommend him hes a specialist in criminal court cases.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.js_loader

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


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.


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!

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