About us

As New Jersey criminal lawyers we have successfully represented clients all over the state. However, since we are located in Hackensack, we spent a great deal of time in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic Counties. We’ve been able to get felony & misdemeanor cases dismissed and as a result, have saved our clients the nightmare of going to prison & getting a criminal record.  If you have a criminal case in Hackensack, Jersey City, Newark, or Paterson, please contact us to see how we can help you. First NJ court appearances can be very stressful. Make sure to have a criminal lawyer defend you throughout the entire process.

As Hackensack criminal lawyers, our office is near the Bergen County Courthouse. We have successfully represented clients facing criminal charges in Bergen County. Some of our success stories include the following:

DWI/DUI

Client was charged with a DWI in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. His blood alcohol content (BAC) was a .08. This BAC put our client at the legal limit for a DWI. We thoroughly reviewed the evidence in his case and learned that the alcotest machine used to test our client had not been calibrated properly. As a result, we got his DWI charges dismissed.

Restraining Orders

Our client was recently divorced. His ex-wife called him & begged him to pick the kids from school. After he picked up the kids, he dropped them off at his ex-wife’s home. She filed a complaint about violating a restraining order. At trial, the judge dismissed the charges for obvious reasons.

Marijuana Possession

Our client was a Bergen Community College student. The police officer stopped him because our client was allegedly driving too slow. While requesting our client’s driver’s license, the police officer said that he smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. After he arrested our client for marijuana possession, we filed a motion to suppress based on the traffic stop. The judge granted our motion & the charges were dismissed.

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As criminal lawyers near Newark, we handle a large volume of felony matters in Essex County. Some of our success stories include the following:

Domestic Violence

Our client was charged with committing simple assault against his wife. Through our investigation, we learned that our client did not commit simple assault. The facts were the other way around. Our client was the victim of the assault. We went to trial & our client was found to be not guilty.

Drug Charges

Our client attended a party in Newark. The police raided the home and arrested many people. We worked aggressively with the prosecutor & all charges were dismissed.

Gun Possession

During a traffic stop, the police searched our client’s car & found a gun. Our client was a lawful gun owner from another state. We successfully filed an NJ Graves Act Waiver and our client avoided incarceration.

Aggravated Assault

Our client was facing 3rd-degree aggravated assault charges for defending himself during a bar brawl. We obtained video surveillance from the bar which showed that our client was acting in self-defense. The prosecutor agreed to drop the charges & we never went to trial.

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As criminal lawyers near Jersey City, we handle a large volume of indictable matters in Hudson County. Some of our success stories include the following:

Aggravated Sexual Assault

Our client was accused of having non-consensual sex with a woman. He was facing 60 years in prison. Over an 18 month period, we were able to show through text & email evidence that our client did not commit any type of sex crime. His charges were dismissed.

DWI

Our client was concerned that his Jersey City DWI charge would affect his employment. We took his case to trial & won. 

Terroristic Threats

Our client was accused of threatening one of his supervisors. He was facing felony charges & a criminal conviction would mean that he would lose his job. We successfully got him admitted to PTI.

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As criminal lawyers near Paterson, we handle a large volume of felony matters in Passaic County. Some of our success stories include the following:

Aggravated Assault

Our client lost his temper and broke another man’s jaw. He was facing 2nd-degree charges (5-10 years in prison). We were able to demonstrate that our client had been provoked over many months & this fact supported our claim of “mitigating circumstances”. We were able to get his charges downgraded to 4th-degree charges & got him admitted to PTI.

Drug Charges

Our client suffered from alcohol & drug addiction. While his judgment was impaired due to a drug-induced frenzy, he committed a robbery. He was facing 5 years in prison. It wasn’t easy, but we got him admitted into the NJ Drug Court program so that he could avoid prison. Today, he is a drug-free, healthy, and productive member of society.

Aggravated Sexual Assault

Our client was accused of aggravated sexual assault. We sent one of our investigators to interview the alleged victim & her account of the incident varied greatly from her initial complaint. As a result, we were able to downgrade his charges to criminal sexual contact. He was admitted to PTI. We kept him out of jail & kept his record clean.

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Top-Rated &
Award-Winning

We can never guarantee a result, but we can guarantee that we will fight along your side every step of the way. Whoever you are, wherever you are, and whatever legal problem you find yourself in, we will defend you.

Some of our reviews

Peyrouton Law
4.9
Based on 129 reviews
Thomas W
Thomas W
03:21 20 Dec 20
My brother-in-law's friend was arrested for a disorderly person's offense. It sounds minor, but in some states other than NJ it is known as a misdemeanor. Often this type of offense is resolved as a municipal ordinance violation, a civil matter. The defendant still must pay a substantial fine, but the criminal charge is dismissed and the defendant has no criminal record. And the municipality gets their money. But in this case Alan Peyrouton had the case dismissed. My brother-in-law's friend had no criminal record, and paid no fine ! There is no better resolution of a case for a criminal defendant than to have a case dismissed. I would recommend Alan to anyone facing any criminal charge in NJ. And so would my brother-in-law and his friend.
Adam Massa
Adam Massa
20:04 07 Dec 20
I rarely submit reviews but this law firm deserves 5 stars!Samera & Alan were phenomenal! They are the perfect team to help when you're desperate because they listen and care and explain things patiently and clearly.I called 4 lawyers before I found Peyrouton Law and all 4 lawyers were rude and in a rush.From day one I got VIP treatment and they charged me less than all the other lawyers wanted to charge me. Alan got my case dismissed and is the most humble lawyer I ever met.Samera is an angel and I am very grateful for all of their assistance.I strongly recommend this law firm.
Osi Nwankwo
Osi Nwankwo
20:38 04 Dec 20
Very trust worthy firm. The perfect place for legal advice!
Dylan Wazz
Dylan Wazz
00:50 01 Dec 20
If you’re looking for a lawyer and are reading this review, then you can stop your search right here because Alan is without a doubt the best lawyer on the market. His secretary Samera was such a genuine person and you can tell they both actually care about their clients and take each and every case like it was one of their family members cases. If I could give them 10 stars I would. Absolutely a great law firm and I will be recommending them to anyone who digs themself into a sticky situation as I did. We’re all human and they most certainly bring that to life in court and make the prosecutor and judge see that. Thank you for all you guys did I greatly appreciate it!
T Shum
T Shum
00:20 24 Nov 20
Judy Lawrence
Judy Lawrence
00:59 20 Nov 20
My name is Ms. Judy Lawrence, and I am so excited about posting my opinion of Peyroutin Law; a law firm that is owned and operated by the two most persevering people in my opinion; Mr. Alan and Ms. Cerva. With all the intricate things they have to do to get ready for court, they always received me with smiles in their voice.I was faced with my first criminal case, and my sons told me they had, in their opinion, the perfect law firm. I was sceptical, because everything was done over the phone and email, do to the Pandemic, and I needed that personal touch.I must tell you, I never felt so confident about being in such a bad situation. Ms. Cerva took the time to read my emails and respond promptly; she always kept me informed every step of the way. Its hard for me to trust anyone with such a delicate situation, that I wasn't able to meet in person. Ms.Cerva (Paralegal) took the time to speak to me on the phone when I became anxious. I felt a closeness to her.To make a long story short, because I am a writer, and I can speak volumes about how when I spoke to the Lawyer, Mr. Alan, a feeling of calm and blessed assurance came over me. He told me what to expect, he asked me what I wanted, he treated me as if he knew the very essence of who I was, and he handle himself with such professional and knowledge.Its funny because, when everything was over and done, and I received a very favorable outcome, I kind of missed them. I don't ever want to have to face such a uncomfortable situation like that again. But if I do, God forbid, I have Mr. Alan and Ms. Cerva backing me up.Thank you
Jakeline Jaramillo
Jakeline Jaramillo
17:17 03 Nov 20
Mi experiencia fue muy buena. Debo resaltar un trato muy personalizado y sobre todo la calidad profesional y humana. Se ha planteado el caso y su defensa de la manera más oportuna y efectiva. Agradezco mucho su ayuda para resolverlo de manera exitosa
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San Loore kailey Saint jean
17:24 29 Oct 20
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15:03 29 Oct 20
DAVID ALEJANDRO ROSERO JARAMILLO
DAVID ALEJANDRO ROSERO JARAMILLO
14:02 29 Oct 20
Obtuvo el mejor resultado para mi caso, muy recomendado!
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A person extorts if he purposely threatens to:

a. Inflict bodily injury on or physically confine or restrain anyone or commit any other criminal offense;
b. Accuse anyone of an offense or cause charges of an offense to be instituted against any person;
c. Expose or publicize any secret or any asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or to impair his credit or business repute;
d. Take or withhold action as an official, or cause an official to take or withhold action;
e. Bring about or continue a strike, boycott or other collective action, if the property is not demanded or received for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act;
f. Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense; or
g. Inflict any other harm which would not substantially benefit the actor but which is calculated to materially harm another person.

***It is an affirmative defense to prosecution based on paragraphs b, c, d or f that the property obtained was honestly claimed as restitution or indemnification for harm done in the circumstances or as lawful compensation for property or services.

Reasonable Articulable Suspicion

Reasonable suspicion is a “search” standard that applies in criminal law.

When a police officer conducts a warrantless search, and does not have probable cause to justify the search, the courts look to see if the police had
a “reasonable & articulable suspicion” for the search.

A mere “hunch” is not enough.

In other words, a police officer has to provide an acceptable explanation for the search.

United States Constitution

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

NJSA - 2C:43-7.2.
Eligibility for parole;
persons convicted of certain violent crimes

a. A court imposing a sentence of incarceration for a crime of the first or second degree enumerated in subsection d. of this section shall fix a minimum term of 85% of the sentence imposed, during which the defendant shall not be eligible for parole.


b. The minimum term required by subsection a. of this section shall be fixed as a part of every sentence of incarceration imposed upon every conviction of a crime enumerated in subsection d. of this section, whether the sentence of incarceration is determined pursuant to N.J.S.2C:43-6, N.J.S.2C:43-7, N.J.S.2C:11-3 or any other provision of law, and shall be calculated based upon the sentence of incarceration actually imposed. The provisions of subsection a. of this section shall not be construed or applied to reduce the time that must be served before eligibility for parole by an inmate sentenced to a mandatory minimum period of incarceration. Solely for the purpose of calculating the minimum term of parole ineligibility pursuant to subsection a. of this section, a sentence of life imprisonment shall be deemed to be 75 years.


c. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and in addition to any other sentence imposed, a court imposing a minimum period of parole ineligibility of 85 percent of the sentence pursuant to this section shall also impose a five-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the first degree, or a three-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the second degree. The term of parole supervision shall commence upon the completion of the sentence of incarceration imposed by the court pursuant to subsection a. of this section unless the defendant is serving a sentence of incarceration for another crime at the time he completes the sentence of incarceration imposed pursuant to subsection a., in which case the term of parole supervision shall commence immediately upon the defendant’s release from incarceration. During the term of parole supervision the defendant shall remain in release status in the community in the legal custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and shall be supervised by the State Parole Board as if on parole and shall be subject to the provisions and conditions

Felony Degree

Prison & Fines

Examples

First-Degree

1st-degree felony charges in NJ are reserved for the most serious criminal offenses. Prison terms start at a minimum of 10 years in prison.

Second-Degree

2nd-degree felony charges carry 5-10 yrs in prison.
These charges can often be “downgraded” to 3rd or 4th-degree crimes.

Third-Degree

3rd-degree felony charges carry 3-5 years.
You have a good shot at PTI if you are charged with a 3rd-degree.

Fourth-Degree

4th-degree felony charges carry up to 18 months in jail. These cases can get “remanded” to a lower court. In this way, you will be out of “felony” danger.