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In New Jersey, facing any type of crime is a serious matter. All crimes carry the potential for fines and jail time, and having a conviction on your record can negatively impact your life long after you’ve served your sentence. While it may be possible to avoid some—or all—of these consequences depending on the facts of your case, doing so requires help from an experienced New Jersey criminal lawyer.
When you hire a New Jersey defense attorney at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., your attorney will fight to protect you by all means available. Our defense attorneys have centuries of combined experience defending individuals against all types of criminal charges. From raising questions about the prosecution’s evidence to proving that the police violated our clients’ constitutional rights, we use all viable defense strategies, and we take a custom-tailored approach focused on the facts of each individual client’s case.
As a defendant in New Jersey’s criminal justice system, you cannot afford to try to handle your situation on your own. The system is not set up to protect defendants, and if you aren’t intimately familiar with how the system works, you simply will not be able to represent yourself effectively. When you have a prosecutor who knows the system and is doing everything he or she can to secure a conviction, you need a knowledgeable criminal attorney on your side.
Your New Jersey defense attorney at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A. will explain everything you need to know, and your attorney will help you make informed decisions every step of the way. Should you testify? Should you consider a plea deal? Which defenses should you assert in court? These are all key questions that require careful decision-making based on a clear and comprehensive defense strategy.
The New Jersey criminal defense law firm of Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., has a skilled and knowledgeable legal team that can provide you with aggressive representation and advocacy at a time when you need it most.
Your criminal lawyer can assist you in all types of criminal cases and issues, including the following:
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How much does a criminal lawyer cost in NJ?
During your initial consultation at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.C., we will discuss our legal fees in detail. Our initial consultations are free, and we offer payment plans as a convenience.
Our fees reflect the complexity of the specific issue at hand. It is also important to note that final fees reflect our strong experience and knowledge in the area of criminal law. What differentiates us is that our team consists of retired law enforcement investigators, as well as prosecutors who can provide unique insight and guidance geared toward reaching the best outcome possible.
When thinking about the cost of hiring a New Jersey defense attorney, it is also essential to consider the costs you will incur if you don’t seek legal representation. From criminal fines to losing your job and suffering harm to your personal reputation, the costs of a conviction can be far greater than the costs of legal representation. While no attorney can guarantee that you won’t be convicted, hiring an experienced attorney is the best thing you can do to protect your finances, your freedom and your future.
What are the potential penalties for criminal offenses in New Jersey?
The potential penalties for criminal offenses in New Jersey depend on the nature and severity of the offense. Broadly, New Jersey’s criminal penalties include fines, jail (or prison) time, probation and community service, among others. Fines can range from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and jail (or prison) sentences can range from days to decades.
Is it worth hiring a New Jersey defense attorney if I am guilty?
It is worth hiring a New Jersey defense attorney any time you are facing criminal charges. Just as importantly, under no circumstances should you assume that you are guilty. Determining guilt requires an in-depth understanding of all of the relevant facts, and it also requires in-depth knowledge of New Jersey’s criminal laws and the constitutional principles that protect you.
But let’s say that you committed a crime. If you broke the law, can a New Jersey defense attorney still help you? Even in this scenario, there are several ways that an experienced attorney will be able to assist. For example, if the police or prosecutors have violated your constitutional rights (or violate your rights while your case is pending), you may be entitled to have your charges dismissed regardless of the underlying facts. Depending on the circumstances, your attorney may also be able to negotiate a plea deal that keeps you out of jail, or your attorney may be able to help you enroll in a pretrial diversion program that allows you to avoid the consequences of a criminal conviction entirely.
What does it mean if the police violated my constitutional rights in New Jersey?
If the police violated your constitutional rights, this could have a major impact on your criminal case. When you hire a New Jersey criminal lawyer to represent you, your lawyer will carefully assess the implications of the violation and determine how best to proceed.
As a general rule, if the police violate your constitutional rights (i.e., by arresting you without probable cause or interrogating you in custody without reading your Miranda rights), then any evidence they obtain as a result of the violation is inadmissible in court. Of course, this evidence won’t be kept out of your criminal trial automatically. Your lawyer needs to prove that this evidence should be suppressed—and then your lawyer will argue that the prosecution’s remaining evidence is insufficient to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Should I accept a plea deal in New Jersey?
Whether you should accept a plea deal in New Jersey depends on the facts of your criminal case. While negotiating a plea deal might be your best option, it also might not. For example, negotiating a plea deal would not be in your best interests if either: (i) you qualify for one of New Jersey’s pretrial diversion programs; or (ii) you have grounds to fight your criminal charges and have your case dismissed at trial.
An experienced lawyer will be able to help you decide whether to pursue a plea deal. This will involve examining the facts of your case in light of the relevant legal principles and assessing your likelihood of facing a “Guilty” verdict at trial. If it appears likely that you would face a “Guilty” verdict and substantial sentence, then it may be in your best interests to target a plea. But you won’t know this until you discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.
If you have been arrested or are facing a criminal investigation, it is important that you speak with a New Jersey criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a confidential initial consultation. To schedule an appointment as soon as possible, call us at 1-877-435-6371 or send us your contact information online now. Or feel free to call Managing Partner Ron Helmer on his cell at 1-609-685-0665.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.