Criminal Legal Process and Your Rights in NJ
For most defendants and their families, facing New Jersey’s criminal justice system can be overwhelming and intimidating. Whether you have dealt with a crime in the past or you are experiencing the legal system for the first time, we will help you know your rights, what to expect, and how to best proceed for successful results. At Schneider Freiberger, we offer experienced and strategic support to protect the rights and long-term interests of our clients.
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The Criminal Legal Process
The criminal legal process touches on the following areas:
- Bail reduction motions
- Bail Options/Types of Bail
- Bench warrants
- Arrest warrants
- Felony/Indictable criminal charges
- Criminal appeals
- Degrees of criminal offenses
- Going to court
- Immigration and deportations issues
- Post-conviction relief motions
- Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI)
- Probation violations
- No Early Release Act
- Intensive Supervision Program (ISP)
- Civil Forfeiture
We Help You, Every Step of the Way
From the moment you are arrested, through interrogations, status conferences, motion hearings and trial, you need a clear understanding of your rights. At times your defense will arise out of police misconduct or illegal actions taken by the officer or a procedural or technical error that deprived you of your Constitutional right to due process. Our role is to provide you with the information you need to assert your defense and take the necessary steps to aggressively develop a successful defense strategy.
What are the Stages of a Criminal Case in New Jersey:
Whether you are suspected of a crime or have already been arrested and charged, the police have been busy collecting the evidence to be used against you in court. Never talk to the police without consulting with an attorney who can properly defend you. It’s true what they say: anything you say can and will be used against you.
After the police believe they have enough evidence to charge you with a crime, they may, under certain circumstances, search you and arrest you. The booking process will also include a search of your property and your person, fingerprinting and mug shots. As soon as you can, assert your right to an attorney and tell the officers you want to speak to a lawyer. When you have the opportunity to contact an attorney, call us: we can help.
Depending on the nature of the crime you are charged with, and a judge’s availability, bail will either be set immediately or later on at a bail hearing. If you have a loved one who is currently charged with a crime and facing a bail hearing, we can represent their interests and make a bail-reduction motion if necessary, but time is of the essence. the sooner you get a lawyer involved, the better.
Our attorneys will take every necessary action, from arrest and indictment, through arraignment, plea bargain negotiations, status conferences, suppression hearings and bail reduction motions to protect your rights before a trial date is set. After we take the necessary steps pre-trial, we are prepared to take your case to trial.
Trial and sentencing:
At trial, both the prosecution and defense will present their evidence and any witnesses or experts in support of their case. We will collect all necessary evidence including taking witness statements through the use of our investigator, conduct an assessment of witness statements, decide on the use of expert support, and prepare a strategic assembly of evidence in your favor. If we do not get your charges dismissed, we are prepared to aggressively protect your rights at sentencing to reduce penalties and minimize your jail time.