Finding the Best New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Case
“While hiring an attorney might be the only way to defeat your charges, not all criminal defense attorneys are created equal. Be wary of those who will take your money, and fail to do any hard work on your case.”
Many people end up in some type of legal trouble, and it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. If you are facing fines, jail time, or a criminal record in New Jersey, you should be taking your charges very seriously and it’s good that you’re doing research.
Hiring a New Jersey criminal defense attorney is the best way to get a positive result in your case. Depending on your case, the best attorneys in NJ might be able to have your charges dismissed entirely. In other scenarios, we can negotiate for non-criminal charge plea arrangements, or even pre-trial intervention programs which will leave you with just a little probation.
The Tormey Law firm has a “victory first” mentality. We will not take the easy way out in your case, and simply accept a plea bargain. Our first priority is trying to win your case. This is going to involve careful research into the details of your criminal file, and frequently advanced court-room tactics. Additionally, we have a team that includes former NJ state prosecutors, who keep us informed of any tactics that will be used against us. Unfortunately, not many other New Jersey criminal defense attorneys approach your defense with the same diligence. If you would like to speak with an attorney about the criminal charges you are facing and how to get the best results, call 201-556-1570 now for a free consultation.
What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Lawyer NJ
Here are a few things that you should be careful to look out for when hiring a criminal defense attorney:
1. The Cheapest Attorney – Often when researching criminal defense, the main determinate of your decision is cost. That’s certainly understandable, no one wants to break the bank on legal defense. Often when asking for quotes, some lawyers will be considerably and almost alarmingly cheaper than all of the rest. Watch out for these. Attorneys charge based on the number of hours they expect to work on a given file. It takes time to execute every step of the criminal process. Our firm might spend hours simply looking through the “discovery” in your case to see if the arresting officer made any mistakes in your paperwork, or if any of the evidence against you might be rendered invalid. If you find an attorney ready to take your case for next to nothing, he or she won’t do the hard work required to win a case, and as a result you will have virtually no chance of beating your charges.
2. Attorneys Without Strategy – when you call for a consultation with a lawyer that you’re considering hiring, he should immediately be able to answer questions about your charges including telling you the strategies that might be used in order to beat your case. There are certain defenses that work consistently for specific charges, and others that we will utilize if we notice elements in your case that can be challenged. Regardless, you should have a good idea of the path that your attorney will take before you get off of your first phone call.
3. The Guilty Plea Attorney – This is the attorney who will walk into a prosecutors office and ask, “how much time will you cut off the sentence for a guilty plea?” Then he or she will take the deal, enter the guilty plea, and spend the rest of the day on the golf course. The unfortunate thing is that you could have saved yourself more than a thousand dollars and done this yourself.
4. The Huge Super-Firm – A lot of the biggest attorneys that rank well on Google are composed of 20-30 attorneys. The name of the firm will usually indicate one, two, or three lawyers, and not one of those individuals will be working on your case. Most times, you will pay the big name price but end up with a first year associate that has little or no experience fighting your charges. The big named attorneys get paid at the end of the day for work that they didn’t even do. As a result, you end up paying more for a lesser defense.
Get an NJ Criminal Lawyer’s Perspective on Your Defense
Have questions about criminal charges pending against you or a loved one in New Jersey? We’re here for you. The Tormey Law Firm is a team of aggressive criminal defense attorneys fighting on your behalf. We know that legal issues are very stressful, and we know the best ways to put them behind you permanently. We are here to help, and enjoy providing the best possible defense for your charges. Please feel free to call us any time regarding your case, and we will give you whatever advice we can. (201) 556-1570.
To learn more about the stages of a criminal case in New Jersey, you can read our dedicated page. You can also find answers to common questions by checking out the following: