Criminal Defense Attorneys in Burlington County, NJ
Tenacious Criminal Defense Attorneys Advocate Vigorously for Clients Accused of Crimes in Moorestown and Throughout New Jersey
If you have been accused of committing a crime in Burlington County or elsewhere in New Jersey, evaluating the potential consequences of conviction and determining how to proceed can be extremely overwhelming. When your reputation, financial security and physical freedom are all on the line, you need a strong advocate in your corner to obtain the best possible outcome.
At Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, our skilled criminal defense lawyers have a collective 53-plus years’ experience successfully helping clients navigate New Jersey’s complex criminal justice system. Regardless of the criminal offense alleged, our lawyers are here to help minimize the potential future consequences that a conviction could carry.
Experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers at Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, Handle All Types of Criminal Law Cases
At Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, our experienced criminal defense lawyers handle all types of criminal cases, including those involving:
- Drug Crimes. Drug crimes in New Jersey are extremely varied. The consequences of conviction vary dramatically based upon the crime alleged, the type of drug involved and the quantity of the drug involved. We handle all drug crimes cases, from complicated prescription drug crime cases to charges of simple possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia.
- Sex Crimes. Allegations of sexual assault or rape are among the most damaging that you can experience, and can harm your reputation even if completely unfounded. Our lawyers will fight aggressively to minimize the damage caused by even the allegation that you have committed a sex crime.
- DUI/DWI Offenses. Most clients falsely believe that an Alcotest reading that exceeds the legal limits automatically results in conviction in DUI/DWI cases. In reality, our lawyers can pose a number of valid defenses to minimize the potential consequences of a DUI/DWI conviction.
- Shoplifting and Theft Crimes. Even if prosecuted as a disorderly-persons offense, the conviction for shoplifting or other theft crimes can have wide-ranging effects, especially if you are eventually accused of committing another crime in the future. Our lawyers take allegations of even lesser offenses extremely seriously and will fight to protect your rights.
- Violations of Probation or Megan’s Law. If you are alleged to have violated your probation or your Megan’s Law requirements, you need legal counsel to protect your rights and your physical freedom. If you disagree with your proposed Megan’s Law classification, you are entitled to a hearing to challenge the classification. Our lawyers are here to advocate on your behalf throughout the entire process.
- Expungements. In this age of security clearances and background checks, mistakes from your past can interfere with your ability to get and/or keep a job, obtain a professional license, or hold public office. An expungement can seal away the records relating to your arrest and/or conviction, and give you a fresh start. Your eligibility for an expungement depends upon the crime for which you were convicted and the amount of time that has passed since you have completed your sentence. Our lawyers are here to help you determine your eligibility for an expungement and, if you are eligible, obtain an expungement order for you to provide you with a fresh start.
- Release from Megan’s Law. If you have been subject to Megan’s Law for fifteen years or longer, you may be eligible to be released from community supervision. We offer free telephone consultations to determine if you are eligible to make such an application with the court.
- Violent Crimes. Violent crimes may involve accusations of murder, attempted murder, rape, aggravated assault, or homicide. It is important to remember that violent crimes require the advice of experienced legal counsel as early as possible in order to combat severe legal ramifications and lengthy prison sentences.
Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, Understand the Intricacies of the Burlington County Criminal Justice System
The New Jersey criminal justice system is extremely complex, and our skilled criminal defense lawyers can help you understand what to expect throughout the entire criminal process in the state. Depending upon the type of crime alleged and the specific circumstances of your case, your case could be heard in any of the following courts:
- State Court. There is a State Court located in the county seat of each New Jersey County. If you are being investigated by the State or local Police, or the Office of the Attorney General, it is likely that you will be prosecuted in State Court. If you have been indicted by a County or State grand jury, the matter will be handled in State Court with either a county prosecutor, or in some special circumstances, a Deputy Attorney General. Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, practice in those courts throughout the state, with an emphasis on Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, Atlantic, Cumberland, Salem, and Ocean Counties.
- Federal Court. If you are being investigated by the FBI, DEA, IRS or any other federal law enforcement agency, the matter will be handled in federal court by a U.S. Attorney. Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, practice in federal courts both in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and will fight aggressively to protect your interests in those courts.
- Municipal Court. Each town has a dedicated Municipal Court, where disorderly persons and petty-disorderly persons cases are handled, along with traffic matters and ordinance violations. These offenses, which are considered to be less serious, include criminal mischief, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana under fifty grams, harassment, most shoplifting charges, and simple assault. Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, represents individuals charged in municipal courts throughout the State.
Contact a Hard-Hitting Burlington County Criminal Defense Lawyer to Discuss Your Case Today
If you have been accused of committing a crime in Burlington County or elsewhere in New Jersey, call or contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys for a free initial phone consultation to discuss your case. We have the knowledge, resources and fighting spirit necessary to help you evaluate all options for defending your rights and securing the most favorable outcome possible in your case.
Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Cases in Camden County, NJ
FAQ: What if I was accused of committing a crime as a juvenile in New Jersey? What is different about the way juvenile cases are handled?
Any person under the age of eighteen who is charged with a crime will have their matter heard in State Court, in the county where the crime allegedly occurred. A special unit of the county prosecutor’s office addresses juvenile cases and it is the only part of the criminal justice system that focuses on rehabilitation along with punishment. Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, represents juveniles with an emphasis on rehabilitation to help ensure that your juvenile conviction does not follow you for the rest of your life.
FAQ: Why do I need to hire a criminal defense lawyer if I have been accused of committing a crime in New Jersey?
First and foremost, the New Jersey criminal justice system presents significant complications that a skilled lawyer can help you navigate. Secondly, an experienced criminal defense lawyer will understand your legal rights and will fight to ensure that those rights are respected throughout the entire criminal process. Our lawyers also understand that it may be possible to negotiate reduced charges or challenge a charge entirely, and we also have the negotiating skills necessary to minimize the future consequences of your case.