It goes without say that being charged with a serious crime can have a life altering outcome. When you’re charged with a crime in Newark or anywhere else in New Jersey and facing significant penalties, it’s vital to hire the best possible criminal defense attorney you can find as soon as possible. Having someone representing you who knows the system thoroughly gives you the best chance at favorable outcome.
Briefly, here’s what you should expect when you hire a criminal defense attorney:
- First and foremost, an attorney can help you face reality. Although they will fight for you, attorneys must remain objective and keep emotions at a minimum. Because of their experience, they will have honest insights into how your legal situation is progressing. Through their existing relationships in the legal system, they will be able to guide you in deciding to see your criminal proceedings through to a trial or if it is in your best interest to try and strike a plea bargain.
- In preparing for a trial, an attorney understands how to depose witnesses, hire expert witnesses, communicate with the judge and prosecutors in a professional manner, file motions and briefs, and examine and cross-examine witnesses for maximum effectiveness on your behalf.
- Attorneys are trained negotiators and if a plea bargain is in your best interest, you stand the best chance of the least amount of penalties if they negotiate for you. Often times, they can work to get charges reduced or eliminated in exchange for accepting a plea bargain.
- In the event you’re convicted, an attorney can work through the sentencing phase and try to seek favorable terms for your sentence. This may include reduced jail time in combination with house arrest or a drug treatment program, arguing on your behalf that this will give you the best chance of not returning to the legal system.
Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq is a full service New Jersey law firm with offices in Elizabeth, Freehold, Hackensack, Newark, New Bruswick, Perth Amboy, Plainfield and Trenton.