Defense of Serious Criminal Charges in NJ
The Criminal Law/Civil Rights Team at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer has one of the most well-established state and federal practices in New Jersey. The attorneys on this team include former assistant county prosecutors and deputy attorneys general who have distinguished themselves in difficult and highly publicized cases.
Impact Crime: Crimes of Violence, Controlled Dangerous Substances/Drug Offenses, Sexual Offenses, Theft Crimes, Official Misconduct and Other State Superior Court and Federal Court Matters
The vast majority of our clients are normal, law abiding people who, for one reason or another, have found themselves engulfed (usually for the first time) in a justice system with which they are very unfamiliar. Our clients come to us scared and nervous about what awaits them. Part of our job is to help our clients navigate the courts and the justice system.
Every individual being investigated for or accused of a crime is constitutionally entitled to a vigorous defense and to have the zealous representation of counsel. Our Criminal Team takes its responsibility for the defense of our clients seriously and is committed to helping our clients avoiding the issuance of charges when possible, negotiating the best available resolution for the client if charges are brought, and proceeding to trial in those cases where that action proves to be the best alternative. We also have extensive experience in assisting our client apply for diversionary programs that can take certain cases out of the traditional court system.
Our team is prepared to handle every conceivable type of State Superior Court and Federal Court matter, including but not limited to: murder, manslaughter, sexual offenses, kidnapping, drug cases, arson, assaults, death by auto, burglary, theft, forgery, fraud, endangering the welfare of children, bribery, perjury, firearm offenses, racketeering and forfeiture proceedings.
Criminal charges may also have a substantial impact on an individual's immigration status and a conviction may result in the initiation of deportation proceedings. Our department works closely with immigration counsel to advise the client as to potential exposure and to minimize the impact of a criminal disposition upon immigration status.
Areas of Focus:
- Civil Rights Defense
- Defense of Serious Criminal Charges
- Domestic Violence Defense
- Insurance Fraud Defense
- Juvenile and Family Court Cases/Cases Involving Mental Health Issues
- Municipal Court Practice and Drunk Driving Defense
- Parole Planning, Revocation and Appeals
- White Collar Criminal Defense
- Darren M. Gelber
- John E. Hogan
- Eric John Marcy
- Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor
- James Edward Trabilsy
- Jay J. Ziznewski
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The Criminal Team has at its immediate access for consultation, the sound counsel of:
Alan B. Handler, Former Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and R. Benjamin Cohen, Former Judge of the Superior Court, Law Division