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If you face criminal charges in New Jersey, the consequences can be severe. Criminal allegations and even more serious traffic violations occurring in Bergen County and statewide have the potential for far-reaching implications. Whether it’s a first-time DWI charge or a murder indictment, the outcome of your case can impact you and your family for years to come. The most important decision you might ever make when facing a criminal allegation is your choice to hire an attorney, as you place your freedom and your future in your lawyer’s hands. You may be wondering if perhaps you should attempt to handle the case on your own. This is a valid question, but keep in mind that the criminal system is fraught with complexity.

Why to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Case

Each criminal charge comes with its own set of unique elements, common forms of evidence that may be used to prove it, issues regarding evidence retrieval and your rights in the course of the investigation, and effective defenses that may be used to have the charges reduced or dismissed. Foregoing knowledgeable and skilled legal counsel puts you at a disadvantage when up against prosecutors whose job it is to know these things and to prove their case against you. Capitalizing on what you don’t know is a slam dunk for the prosecution when you are the average person who runs into legal trouble. However, you can combat and correct this balance of power by finding the best criminal defense lawyer to handle your case, from the first stage of the process to the last.

Enlisting help from a criminal attorney whose entire practice is dedicated to defending the rights of the accused may seem like a challenging task, but this critical step forward can lead to massive savings for you in the years to come. Whether you avoid a criminal record, avoid jail or prison time, reduce your exposure to fines and court fees, keep your driver’s license, and keep your reputation intact, these are just some of the many ways in which your lawyer can successfully resolve your case to your benefit.

When to Enlist Help from a Criminal Justice Lawyer

Once you have been arrested and charged with a crime, getting in touch with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible is critical. At the outset of the case, you want to make sure that you thoroughly understand the charges against you, what they mean and what to expect from the legal process ahead. There will be many opportunities to position yourself favorably and ensure that your rights are not violated along the way, a job that your attorney can do to the fullest extent. The first step is often seeking a free consultation, during which you can speak with a lawyer about the criminal charge or charges specific to your situation and the penalties you face if convicted. You probably have questions like: Will this impact my criminal record? Can I lose my job? Can this be used against me in a divorce or child custody battle that I’m involved in? Can this affect my immigration status? Finding answers to your particular questions is simple when you get in touch with the Bergen County criminal defense team at The Tormey Law Firm.

After you have a complete understanding of the crimes alleged in your case, you will want to be prepared for the upcoming court appearances and hearings that come next. Depending on the scenario, you may even be held in jail pending a bail decision, with the potential to result in your continued detention throughout the criminal legal process. Having a lawyer to defend you and argue for your release at the outset of the case if necessary is essential. This is also true when dealing with police questioning and the other opportunities that can either jeopardize your future, or help to support your innocence moving forward.

In essence, don’t go it alone. Be prepared with a criminal lawyer who can walk you through all of the stages of the process, provide you with a thorough understanding of the punishments associated with a finding of guilt, examine all of the evidence that may and may not be used against you, investigate all of your available options toward a complete dismissal or reduction of the charges, and dedicate themselves to reaching the best result. This is sometimes done by way of a favorable plea agreement, which can only be achieved by a skilled negotiator. It may also be done by securing your admission into a diversionary program that ultimately allows for the charges to be dismissed, in which case you’ll need to determine your eligibility and possibly override any presumptions against your entrance based on the charges, or objections by the prosecutor assigned to your case. And perhaps most significantly, you may be proven innocent after litigating the case at trial, necessitating the experience of a battle-tested criminal trial lawyer.

Why Experience and Qualifications Matter when Defending Your Innocence

At the Tormey Law Firm, with local Bergen County offices conveniently located in Hackensack, New Jersey, across the street from the Hackensack Municipal Court and just steps from the Bergen County Courthouse, our primary goal is to aggressively protect our clients’ rights en route to achieving the best possible outcome. We concentrate solely on criminal defense and DWI cases in order to maximize the depth and breadth of our knowledge and to remain at the forefront of current case law in these highly complex areas of practice. With aggressive trial attorneys and former prosecutors included on our defense team, as well as expert resources including a former state trooper, a lawyer who handled gun permit appeals for several police departments, and a former member of the domestic violence unit at one of the county prosecutor’s offices, we combine everything we know to deftly navigate the system and deliver top results to our clients.

Our clients rely on us to aggressively defend them against a wide range of criminal charges. We do so by investigating every facet of each case and challenging each component of the State’s argument. No available avenue will forgo a vigorous critique before your case is resolved.

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A LIFE-CHANGING DIFFERENCE

If you elect to have Mr. Tormey and his firm represent you in your DWI or criminal case, you receive the services of an attorney who enjoyed successful stints at two of the largest criminal defense law firms in New Jersey and served in the States Attorney’s Office, working with the gang-task force, white collar crimes, and sex crimes units. Utilizing this experience, Mr. Tormey decided to develop his own practice, with the intention of providing the type of personal attention and consistent, hands-on client interaction that is often sacrificed in large firms. It is with this fundamental goal, and with the help of a select group of attorneys, that Mr. Tormey’s firm earned a reputation among the most heralded criminal defense law firms in the state of New Jersey.

Mr. Tormey himself has been recognized by organizations such as the American Jurist Institute, the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the National Trial Lawyers Association for excellence in practice in the criminal defense field. Having become a trusted legal resource in the realm of criminal law, he is frequently called upon to provide context and information regarding changes in state laws and notable cases. Mr. Tormey has, in fact, appeared in numerous prominent media publications and outlets, offering a criminal defense lawyer’s intimate knowledge of matters ranging from sex crimes like lewdness and Megan’s Law, to DUI charge consequences, aggravated assault in the domestic violence context, and more.

Finding Trusted Legal Counsel when it Matters Most

If you have been charged with a crime in Bergen County or another county in New Jersey, it is imperative to understand that not all attorneys are equally prepared and qualified to handle your case. When looking for the best criminal defense lawyer to defend you, there are certain things to keep in mind. First and foremost, timeliness is a factor, meaning you need someone who is available and responsive who can get involved in the case as quickly as possible. You should also be looking for a lawyer who is dedicated exclusively to criminal and related matters. Experience makes a significant difference in how well your case is handled and whether you ultimately reach the best outcome available. Another critical factor in selecting the right criminal defense lawyer is a local presence, meaning your attorney should be highly familiar with the local courts in the area and should be regularly handling cases there. You can imagine how integral it is to know the key players and the unique aspects of the court handling your case during plea negotiations, pre-trial motions, and the actual trial should your case reach that stage.

Finding the most well-equipped legal professional to defend you can also involve verification of some other very important items, chief among them being successfully handled cases in the past and reviews from actual clients. A seasoned attorney has handled cases like your with success throughout their careers and thus, knows the law and the nuances that other less-practiced professionals may simply miss or fail to recognize. Fully engaging on the front lines of the criminal justice system is perhaps the best education you can receive as a lawyer committed to providing the best possible defense. The same is true when it comes to client reviews, as former clients who have been represented by the firm can provide an insider’s perspective on what it’s like when you hire them. Keep in mind that a few negative ones will always be there, but they should be outweighed by numerous others attesting to the lawyers’ capabilities, command of the law, and willingness to go the extra mile for those accused whom they represent.

In addition to these considerations for the selection process, make sure your lawyer speaks with confidence, candor, and an ease when explaining the subject matter, which can only be gained through extensive criminal legal work. This does not mean they should tell you exactly what you want to hear in an effort to get your business. In fact, honesty and passion can be found in attorneys who prioritize straight talk, understanding the gravity of the situation and its potential impact on your real life. Ultimately, finding the right criminal defense attorney for you is a personal decision, providing due consideration to some of the things that bear on the outcome of your case.

How we can Help when You Have been Charged with a Crime in New Jersey

Our attorneys are dedicated to achieving the most successful resolution for each and every one of our clients, whether that means negotiating a more favorable sentence with a prosecutor or taking your case to trial with an aggressive and comprehensive defense strategy. It is our priority to assist you in navigating the complexities of the legal system and we leverage all of our knowledge and resources in order to develop the best plan of action when addressing your case.

With offices in Bergen County for many years, our criminal justice lawyers have vast experience with local courts and the people who operate within them, from prosecutors, to judges, to administrators. We also regularly meet with clients facing detention hearings and bail reviews at the jail, which is walking distance from our Hackensack office as well. Regardless of whether you have been charged with drug possession, assault, weapons possession, DUI, a sexual offense, or a theft crime, our criminal defense team will fight for your best interests. To discuss your case free of charge, contact us anytime. A lawyer who can answer your questions and provide personalized guidance is available to immediately assist you.

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