Passaic County Criminal Lawyers

About us

Passaic County criminal lawyers serving the Paterson area.

Our firm is devoted to representing clients charged with every type of crime. Whether you are facing assault charges, domestic violence, drug charges, sex crimes, theft charges, or violent crimes charges, we are here to help you. As Passaic County lawyers we appear regularly in the Passaic County Superior Court. The Passaic County Courthouse  is located at 77 Hamilton Street, 6th Floor, Paterson, NJ 07505 Phone: 973-247-8409

We are aggressive Passaic County criminal lawyers attorneys who will work tirelessly to defend you throughout your criminal case.

Our Passaic county clients

As Passaic County criminal lawyers, our clients are people from all walks of life.

For example, if you are charged with an indictable offense like aggravated sexual assault in or near Paterson, your case will be prosecuted by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. Or, if you got arrested for drug charges like marijuana possession on the William Paterson University campus in Wayne, your case will also be prosecuted at the county level. Our clients represent a cross-section of the county. They range from juveniles to college students getting arrested for lewdness &  to adults facing murder charges. Criminal charges carry serious consequences. For this reason, you need a team of dedicated & professional Passaic County criminal lawyers to represent you.

I was arrested for a 3rd-degree felony case. I spent 5 hours searching for a good NJ criminal defense lawyer online. Every lawyer I called was in a rush and demanded a lot of money. I didn't like how many of these lawyers talked to me either. When I discovered Peyrouton Law, I checked their reviews. Every review was perfect and I was skeptical. Nobody can be so perfect. I talked to Alan on the phone and made a free appointment to come in and see him. Alan and Kevin explained everything to me very clearly. They answered all of my questions patiently. I never felt rushed. Because of my special circumstances, they took my case for an extremely reasonable flat fee. Honestly, they treated me like a brother. Within a few weeks, they were able to get my felony case downgraded to a misdemeanor. Long story short, I ended up paying a small fine for a municipal ordinance. As a client, I only had to go to court only three times. Even though my case is over, I will continue to keep in contact with Alan and Kevin. I consider them excellent people and they've become trusted friends. If any of my friends or family members ever need a lawyer, I will just grab them by the hand and take them to see Alan and Kevin. You know, when I got arrested, I was humiliated, lost my vacation time, and lost a lot of sleep but the best part of this whole thing is that I made two great friends for life...

Types Of Cases Handled By Passaic County Criminal Lawyers

For our Passaic County criminal lawyers, your case is important to us. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor (Disorderly Persons), a felony (Indictable), or a DWI case, we bring the same determination & intensity in our representation to every case. Since the outcome of these cases can have long-lasting consequences, we do not take them lightly.

For example, felony charges carry mandatory minimum prison sentences. This means that if you plead guilty or go to trial and are found guilty, the judge must sentence you to prison. The judge does not have a choice. So our job as Passaic County criminal lawyers is to negotiate a plea bargain for you to avoid going to jail.

Recently, we represented a client from Paterson charged with drugs. He faced second-degree distribution charges and faced serious prison time. We successfully negotiated a plea deal with the Passaic County prosecutors office to reduce his prison sentence to months in jail.

In another case, our firm represented a Wayne resident charged with Domestic Violence & Assault Charges. We successfully represented him at his Final Restraining Order hearing & got his Assault charges dismissed.

Read what our clients have to say about their Passaic County criminal lawyers!

Tips on searching for Passaic county criminal lawyers

Our advice is simple: when searching for Passaic County criminal lawyers to represent you, you need to hire a law firm that you feel comfortable with. Since criminal cases take a long time to resolve, be prepared to work with someone who is patient & has staying power. Any attorney can start a case enthusiastically or make a good first impression. But, you really want a team of Passaic County criminal lawyers that will bring the same intensity from day to the last day of your case.

Given the fact that criminal matters take months and even years, your attorneys must understand that you will have many questions during the resolution of your matter. The single most important quality to look for in an attorney is responsiveness. These are anxiety-filled times & nothing is worse than having to chase your attorney for answers. We pride ourselves on returning all client phone calls within 24 hours. Most of the time, we will return your phone call the very same day.

When looking for Passaic County criminal lawyers, a good tip is to do your research. Visit each law firm’s website, read their client reviews, and try to schedule a free consultation.

During your free consultation try to get a feel of the office vibe.

  • Is the staff eager to help you or do you feel like you’re bothering them?
  • Is the attorney who will represent you, the attorney that you meet with?
  • Is the attorney patient while you tell your story?
  • Or does the attorney make you feel rushed?
  • Conversely, is the attorney patient in his explanations?
  • Does the firm offer payment plans?
  • Does the firm charge hourly or flat fees?
 
You’re aware of the devastating consequences you will suffer from a criminal conviction. 
Take your time and hire a team of Passaic County criminal lawyers that will best fight for you.
Remember, it was a bad decision that got you in this mess, you can’t afford another one.

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.

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, our Passaic County criminal lawyers 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.

Passaic County Criminal Lawyers

How Do Your Free Consultations Work?

There are plenty of excellent Paterson criminal lawyers near you. 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 Passaic County criminal lawyers that will represent you.

What our clients say about us:

Peyrouton Law
5.0
Based on 148 reviews
Chase Parchment
Chase Parchment
16:16 01 Apr 21
I was in a terrible bind. Police officer trumped up charges, lied and frankly tried to ruin me. I was facing six charges but I knew I was not guilty of anything. Samera was very professional and knowledgeable and helped guide me along. Alan was sharp from day one and in the end, all charges were dismissed. I couldn't be any happier. Not only will I use them if I need to (Though I hope it not), I will recommend Alan to anyone I know in need of counsel. Thank you again.
Alessandra Sawick
Alessandra Sawick
17:14 29 Mar 21
We had a smooth process dealing with the courts thanks to Peyrouton Law office. They are very professional and knowledge and helped us in every step of the way. They really care for the clients and for resolving their cases. I highly recommend their services.
sugoi desune
sugoi desune
18:25 24 Mar 21
I went to this law office when I was in a dire situation and from an affordable cost and an incredibly hardworking law firm my situation was handled with care and saved me a lot of trouble.
Joao limao
Joao limao
18:21 24 Mar 21
Amazing lawyer! He took care of everything while I was able to relax and kept me informed the entire process throughout.
Bruce Lieblich
Bruce Lieblich
17:35 19 Mar 21
Personal attention to detail anytime you callRates are reasonable and his effort is second to noneAlways professional and solid legal guidanceCan help you day or night no stone left unturned
Maria Castillo
Maria Castillo
20:24 15 Mar 21
Thank you Alan and Samera for your wonderful work! This was my first time facing a criminal conviction and you guys were able to help me and support me throughout this process. Alan was able to get the best outcome in this situation and for that I will always be grateful for. I will definitely recommend this law office to anyone facing a hard time with the law. Thank you again!
Jason C
Jason C
04:28 11 Mar 21
I never thought I would need legal assistance for my family, but Alan was awesome. Highly recommend to everyone and would have no problem using his services again. Samera is just a flawless addition to his team. I can't say enough good things about them.
Schumacher Photographs
Schumacher Photographs
18:10 10 Mar 21
This law firm and Samera in particular helped me out of a big jam that was actually a mistake NDMV made. NJ thought my car insurance lapsed when I moved out of state so they suspended my license which meant I could not get my car registered in my new state AND couldn't get my license updated nor could I go to dmv since I moved cross country. I answered every letter NJDMV sent me registered receipt mail with ALL the proof my vehicle NEVER had a lapse but they ignored all my correspondence. The office manager at Peyrouton Law, Samera handled everything. ONLY through her tenacity and persistence did this issue get resolved. NJDMV lifted the suspension so I could move forward where I currently live. This girl is dead on it! Thank you soo much Samera and Alan! Harry S.
B J
B J
17:00 17 Feb 21
Crashnburn973
Crashnburn973
23:01 15 Feb 21
So far so good....no complaints here...Very good people
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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.