Who’s The Best New Jersey Criminal Lawyer For You?

best new jersey criminal lawyer

It’s a daily question: “I’m looking for the best New Jersey criminal lawyer. Are you the best?” They ask because either they or their loved one has been arrested, and they want the absolute best New Jersey criminal lawyer to represent them.

Think of Marriage

When I am asked who the best New Jersey criminal lawyer is, I ask a question of my own: “Who is the best person for you to marry?” Then I push even further: “When you want to marry somebody, what are you looking for in that person?” People usually respond by saying, “I want a person who is respectful, honest, loyal, courteous …” Then I ask: “Do you want to marry someone who is arrogant? Condescending? Rude?” The answer is always ‘no.’

This takes us back to our original question: Who’s the best New Jersey criminal lawyer for you? The answer depends on what you want in a lawyer. Do you want someone who is honest? Hard working? Respectful? Returns your phone calls? Passionate about your case? Or do you want someone who never has time for you? Is condescending or arrogant?

Here are a few tips for things to look for when seeking the best New Jersey criminal lawyer for you.

#1: How will the best New Jersey criminal lawyer make you feel?

Most attorneys offer free consultations. During this consultation, go with your initial gut reaction. How does the attorney make you feel? If you have to wait, do they sincerely apologize for the wait? Do they shake your hand and look you in the eye? Are they patient with you?

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Do they give you time to explain your side of the story? Does the attorney listen or constantly interrupt you? That’s a red flag. This is how it will be for the duration of your case, and criminal cases can go on for months and sometimes even years! The best New Jersey criminal lawyer will listen and speak to you with patience and understanding, not make you feel that you are wasting his/her time.

#2: How does the lawyer respond to your questions?

The second thing to look for when finding the best New Jersey criminal lawyer is how the attorney responds to your questions.

The law can be complicated and is filled with “lawyer-speak” – sophisticated words that only lawyers use and understand. Throughout your case, there will be confusing terms, procedures, and situations. You have to participate in your own defense, so you need to understand what is happening and why. The only way you can make an intelligent decision regarding your defense is if your attorney clearly explains things to you.

No question is stupid

There’s a Chinese proverb I learned as a kid: “If you ask a stupid question, you look like a fool for a few minutes. If you don’t ask the stupid question, you’ll be a fool for life.” The way I work – and the way you should expect the best New Jersey criminal lawyer to work – is with the mindset that there are no stupid questions, and you can ask me the same thing as often as you need to.

If your attorney doesn’t make time to respond to your questions, I have to take you back to my first question: Do you want a husband or wife who treats you like that? Your need to fully understand every aspect of your defense. This is something the best New Jersey criminal lawyer will make a priority.

#3: Does the lawyer make you feel rushed?

This is critical. In your criminal defense, there are no gametime decisions. What do I mean by that? Your criminal case is not a basketball game with three seconds left on the clock and your shot wins or loses the game.

Judges are fair; they give us time to make decisions. Prosecutors are also fair. They offer a plea bargain and give us time to decide. It could be two weeks or 30 days, but you should never have to make a critical life decision under pressure.

If your attorney demands your answer right away, that is another red flag because he/she has not been communicating with you during the time leading up to that decision. The best New Jersey criminal lawyer will give you time to make a decision. That lawyer will explain what happens based on the choices you have. Be wary if you feel rushed during the initial consultation.

#4: Will the lawyer be passionate about your case?

Passion is important. Does the attorney you are talking with have passion for what he/she does? The people who are best at their craft wake up just loving what they do. If you feel like the attorney you are speaking with doesn’t seem to care, you may want to re-think your decision.

In finding the best New Jersey criminal lawyer for you, you need someone who is passionate. When they go to court, they’re fighting for you; when they’re speaking to the prosecutor, they’re arguing for you. That passion has to spill over in every area of your case.

#5: How does the best New jersey criminal lawyer rank with former clients?

When you’re looking for the best New Jersey criminal lawyer, here’s an important tip: Do your research. What have prior clients said in online reviews? Hint: See if different people say different things in a positive way about the same person. This way you will know if the review is genuine. 

Avoid reviews that are superficial: “He did a great job.” “Highly recommend.” These, in my opinion, are suspicious. Look for detailed reviews where the person is explaining a little about their case. This gives credibility to their review. You may want to call this attorney and arrange a consultation because you may have just found the best New Jersey criminal lawyer for you.

#6: What is the lawyer’s communication policy?

During your initial consultation, ask how often you can contact the lawyer and how he/she responds, whether by email or phone call. Remember, every step of the way there will be developments in your case — a new schedule, a new court date, some legal procedural thing that has to be filed, etc. If your attorney is not keeping you updated, you will keep calling your attorney’s office.

We have an open-door policy. Clients will call to ask what is going to happen, when the court date is, what time they should be there. They can call multiple times a day. They can come to our office. They can email. We are here to help, so we do not get tired of the calls, and we do not charge for every phone call, email, or office visit.

#7: Will this lawyer be the one working on your case?

Every tip you’ve been given so far is important, but this one needs to be underlined and bolded with an exclamation point! Ask the attorney you are thinking to hire if he/she will be the one who goes with you to court.

Why is this important? At some firms you will meet the head attorney, the one whose name is on the website, and feel comfortable entering a long-term relationship with him/her. But the reality is, this attorney may not be the one assigned to your case. When you sign on with the best New Jersey criminal lawyer, that attorney will be with you every step of the way.

#8: What is the lawyer’s fee structure?

Now we’re ready to wrap things up. You think you have identified the best New Jersey criminal lawyer there is. You have a good gut feeling. Here’s the final question before you sign the contract or retainer agreement: What is the fee structure? How will you be charged?

In New Jersey, we have two simple ways of engaging a client. The first is hourly. Attorneys can charge $300+ an hour. So every time you call, email, go to court, every time the attorney researches your case or speaks to the prosecutor, you will be billed by the hour. You can rack up huge legal fees very quickly without even knowing it.

The second type of structure is a flat fee. This means that for your entire case, you only pay one price. That’s how the best New Jersey criminal lawyer will work! Whether your case takes one month or one year, whether we spend 10 hours or 100 hours, you only pay one fee.

To sum up...

We’ve gone through some important things to look for when you are looking for the best New Jersey criminal lawyer. Think on these things, and if you have any questions, give us a call. I wish you the very best! God bless!

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How We Can Help

Regardless of the criminal charges you are facing, we are here to defend & protect you. Whether you are facing a restraining order, drug charge, theft charge, or aggravated assault charge, we are here to help you. Even a DWI case can really complicate your life.

If we can’t get your charges dismissed, we can either get them downgraded or place you in a diversionary program. The point is, our criminal defense lawyers will fight tirelessly to get you the best result possible. Take advantage of our free consultation to see how we can help.

Our Experience

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

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

Our Practice Areas

Below you will find some but not all of our practice areas. Of course, if you do not see your criminal charges listed, feel free to contact us for a free consultation. We will meet with you to discuss your case & to answer all of your legal concerns. Se habla español tambien!

Areas We Serve

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How Do Your Free Consultations Work?

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

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

We understand that your choice of attorney could mean the difference between your freedom and spending years behind bars. 

When you hire an attorney, you are entering a long-term relationship. For this reason, it is important that you feel comfortable with the team of Hackensack criminal lawyers that will represent you.

What our clients say about us

Peyrouton Law
Based on 118 reviews
Bank Sinatra
Bank Sinatra
23:07 15 Oct 20
Not going to get into detailBut I spoke to a femaleBy the name of SameraWho really helped me see things clearer& Understand my rightsSo I could weigh my optionsAlan came in & he's what I call no nenseStraight down to businessNot Guilty when it's finishedJust wanted to publicly sayThey're the best that I've witnessedThis my 1st reviewNot somethin I'd typically doBut other ppl in my shoes would've plead out to 2Paid double the fees & the retainerSalute to them I'm not a detainerAnd I'm home wit my family rappin for strangers lol
Matthew Jenner
Matthew Jenner
21:28 14 Oct 20
Alan and his team were professional and competent. Alan was always available to offer advice and answer any questions I had. I will recommend Peyrouton Law to friends and family in the future.
Lissette Guzman
Lissette Guzman
18:15 14 Oct 20
One word for this firm OUTSTANDING!!
Ronald Yee
Ronald Yee
00:27 06 Oct 20
Outstanding is the only word that not even comes close to both Mr. Alan Peyrouton, Esq. and Office Manager/Paralegal Ms. Samera Cerva!Although the infraction could have been not only a fine plus incarceration,Mr. Alan negotiated to a fine and settlement of one- half of what was listed as the usual cash amount. Indeed, this law firm gave constant "Personal Touch," and for which there are no words in the English language which can properly convey my thoughts of appreciation.Whenever there was a question and doubt about anything, this law firm answered every question. No additional charges were attached with any telephone call and/or E-mail sent!Advice was also given how to EXPUNGE this legal issue and will continue with the Peyrouton Law Firm until records removal.One can not go wrong by selecting this Exceptional Law Firm.Exceptional Value, Personal Service, Professionalism, Etc. All: Outstanding!!Respectfully submitted,Ronald Yee- Continuing Client.
19:42 19 Aug 20
For many like myself, finding a good lawyer is a must. I was caught in a situation I shouldn't have been in, and Alan was recommended to me through a friend. I'm forever grateful to have found Alan, because most lawyers wont fight tooth and nail to make sure you get the best deal or outcome. Alan was more than patient with me and assured me he would do all he can, and he exceeded my expectations. Thank you Alan!
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michell AHn
22:04 03 Aug 20
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Dom O
00:36 01 Aug 20
I’m very grateful for all the hard work and effort Peyrouton Law put fourth in my case! Alan is a lawyer who cares and strives to get the best outcome for all of his clients ! He’s like a dog with a bone, he never gives up on you !During the most stressful time in my life they were there for me, fighting for me all the way. Texts to see how me and my family and to keep me informed of all overwhelming court business. I know if I didn’t have Peyrouton Law on my side I wouldn’t have found a better lawyer to help with everything like they did. Anyone who needs a help, compassion at more than reasonable law fees, you couldn’t find a better lawyer !!
Jerry Rivera
Jerry Rivera
02:18 29 Jul 20
Very professional ! Since I called they were very helpful and help me with the case right away , very sincere law firm , when they are talking about the case you feel like they are part of you family and want the best for you , always tells you the truth. I recommend them 100%
ceci Liu
ceci Liu
01:43 25 Jul 20
they are very professional and very helpful team. I got traffic ticket and to be able to reduce to 0 point and affordable fine. It was during covid time and Samera helps me a lot through phone calls and emails. Samera is very responsive and easy to approach. Alan is great and friendly. truly appreciate for all the help and patience.

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



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.


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


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