Pennington, New Jersey Criminal Lawyers

Jonathan F. Marshall
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Dedicated and Skilled Criminal Lawyer! Former Prosecutor Ready to Fight for You!

I provide thorough, honest, and uncompromising representation for those facing criminal charges. I am dedicated to exceptional service and results! Visit my website for more information or call now for a consultation. Read More »
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Peter Katz
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New Jersey Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience

University of Pennsylvania Law School2nd Circuit, District of New Jersey, Eastern District of New York, New Jersey, Southern District of New York, U.S. Supreme Court and New York
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Thaddeus Mikulski Jr.
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Pennington, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(609) 316-0170 116 Washington Crossing Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
Criminal, Employment, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice
The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America
Thaddeus "Ted" Mikulski is a passionate and committed advocate for persons who have been harmed or wronged by the acts of others. He represents individuals on claims involving employee rights, legal malpractice, consumer rights, serious personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights and workers' compensation. He also represents businesses in litigation and he counsels business owners on diverse legal matters including employment law issues, litigation avoidance, contract negotiations and insurance coverage disputes. As a former prosecutor, he also represents individuals charged with crimes and traffic offenses. In his thirty-seven years of practice, Thaddeus Mikulski has helped more than three thousand...
Pennington, NJ Criminal Law Attorney
(609) 818-1222 1 Washington Crossing Pe Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534
Criminal and Personal Injury
Andrew M. Salmon
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Ewing, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(609) 594-4000 20 Scotch Rd
Ewing, NJ 08628
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
California Western School of Law
Andrew M. Salmon is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney specializing in Plaintiffs personal injury matters, representing individuals injured in auto, motorcycle, trucking accidents, fall downs and dram shop matters. Before joining Weir & Associates, Andy was a Partner at Stark & Stark in their Personal Injury Group. Andy also handles criminal defense, municipal court and traffic matters. He is a former Assistant Prosecutor in Mercer County NJ (Special Investigations Unit) and St. Louis County (Mo) and has tried numerous homicides, assaults, weapons and drug violations. He had his own criminal defense firm and served...
Jason Seidman
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Trenton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(609) 498-7486 222 S Broad St
#102
Trenton, NJ 08608
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
University of the District of Columbia and Lafayette College
Mr. Seidman began his career at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. During his time as an Assistant Prosecutor, Mr. Seidman served in a variety of roles, including: overseeing investigations conducted by county detectives and police officers; acting as a legal adviser to the Middlesex County Gangs, Guns, and Drugs Task Force; participating in the Special Prosecutions Unit tasked with investigating white collar crime; arguing matters before the Appellate Division; handling forfeiture and expungement matters; and handling hundreds of criminal cases from initial grand jury indictments through plea bargains, trials and sentencing for offenses such as Murder, Drug Distribution, Aggravated Assault,...
Robert Rubinstein
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(609) 392-7600 1675 Whitehorse Mercerville Road
Suite 106
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Free ConsultationHamilton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
Criminal, Business, DWI and Personal Injury
University of Miami School of Law
I am certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney. My practice focuses on personal injury, business law and litigation, and municipal court defense. I fight hard for my clients, and have won important appellate victories against major corporations such as Trump Casino and Disney. I was the Chief Municipal Prosecutor for Lawrence Township from 2001 to 2005. I am the author of two Thompson West NJ Practice Series books-Motor Vehicle Law and Practice Forms and New Jersey Personal Injury Law, a senior instructor for Garden State CLE, and I served on the...
Kristy Bruce
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Hamilton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(609) 392-7600 1675 Whitehorse Mercerville Road
Suite 206
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
I graduated from Arcadia University with a B.A. in Psychology and then worked as a social worker prior to attending law school. While attending lawsuit at night, I worked full time as a paralegal. I completed my law degree at Rutgers University. I have spent my legal career representing adults and children who have been injured in an accident or charged with a crime. Personal injury and criminal defense are highly emotional areas of practice for clients. My psychology degree and social work background provide me with a tremendous amount of value in the practice of law. Clients frequently tell...
Brian T. Goldenfarb
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Princeton, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
116 Village Blvd.
Suite 200
Princeton, NJ 08540
Criminal, DWI, Municipal and Personal Injury
Widener University
"Winning Isn't everything, it's the ONLY thing!" - Vince Lombardi
Thomas H. Martin
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Trenton, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(609) 498-7486 222 S Broad St
#102
Trenton, NJ 08608
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Juvenile and Personal Injury
Seton Hall University School of Law
Thomas Martin, for over fifteen years, has been successfully representing defendants who were charged with Criminal charges, Motor Vehicle charges Juvenile offenses, DV/Restraining Orders and Expungments of Criminal Records. He also handles matters involving Individuals Injured in Accidents and Individuals Injured in the Course of Employment (Worker’s Compensation). Serving all of New Jersey, his goal is to provide the highest quality legal representation to the firm's clients. He prides hims on his experience, competence, and professionalism and he looks forward to providing you with personalized legal assistance. He has represented 1000’s of clients throughout New...
Colin Bonus
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Trenton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(609) 498-7486 222 S Broad St
#102
Trenton, NJ 08608
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Insurance Claims and Juvenile
University of Dayton School of Law
Colin is a senior member of the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall with over 30 years experience. His practice is dedicated exclusively to defending those accused of DWI, DUI and Breath Test Refusal. He has some of the most advanced training offered in this area of law including certification on the Draeger 7110 “Alcotest” Breathalyzer, in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and as an instructor in these tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Colin is routinely requested to speak at continuing legal education classes and is noted as one of the Ten Leaders in DUI Defense in New...
Peter Katz
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Princeton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(609) 734-4380 116 Village Blvd
#32 2nd Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540
Free ConsultationCriminal, Employment and White Collar Crime
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Anthony J. Vecchio Esq.
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Princeton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(732) 303-7341 103 Carnegie Center, Suite 300
Princeton, NJ 08540
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Juvenile and Personal Injury
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Avvo.com has rated my legal services as "10/10 - Superb" and I have been included in the SuperLawyers - Rising Star listing for criminal defense the past 3 years. My entire career has been dedicated to prosecuting and defending those accused of criminal charges and serious motor vehicle offenses such as DWI and other moving violations. We also handle appeals, expungements, juvenile offenses, and assist those seriously injured in accidents, assaults, and other unfortunate events. Call anytime for a free consultation on your case.
Jeffrey Jacob Goldin
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trenton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(609) 257-4976 1142 Brunswick Avenue
trenton, NJ 08638
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Employment and Traffic Tickets
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Aggressive representation in and out of the courtroom. As a member of the litigation department at Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., I focus on ensuring my clients have zealous representation in all their matters. My primary practice focuses on; Personal Injury; Criminal Defense; DUI/DWI; Motor Vehicle and Traffic Offenses; Contract Disputes; Employee Wage Disputes and Unemployment Appeals. I am a member of several legal associations such as the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.
Jonathan F. Marshall
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(609) 414-7775 3720 Nottingham Way
#108
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690
Free ConsultationHamilton Square, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
Criminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Seton Hall University
Managing partner of the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, an eleven (11) attorney criminal defense firm with 12 offices in NJ. Mr. Marshall is a former prosecutor who routinely appears in Superior Court, Municipal Court & Federal Court, priding himself with representation that is thorough, honest and uncompromising. Mr. Marshall also consults for both newspaper and television, appearing on ABC, CNBC, CN12, the Star Ledger, the Home News and Asbury Park Press, and shows like Law and Order. He has received numerous professional distinctions including theTop 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, Best Attorneys in America,...
I. Paul Koutouzakis
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Trenton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(609) 498-7486 222 S Broad St
#102
Trenton, NJ 08608
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of North Carolina School of Law
James Fagen
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Trenton, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(609) 498-7486 222 S Broad St
#102
Trenton, NJ 08608
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Randall Philip Brett
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Princeton, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(609) 799-0528 214 Carnegie Center
Suite 100
Princeton, NJ 08540
Criminal, Business and Employment
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Randall Brett is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York and before the Federal District Court in New Jersey. His practice areas include employment law, business formation, corporate governance, negotiation of commercial agreements, mediation, and civil and criminal litigation. Known for his problem solving abilities, Mr. Brett has litigated complex commercial matters, successfully defended individuals in court and has represented clients in a wide variety of business negotiations. He has achieved significant recoveries for clients who have been wrongfully terminated or suffered from discriminatory treatment. Mr. Brett received his Juris Doctor...
Matthew J. Dorry
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Trenton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(609) 498-7486 222 S Broad St
#102
Trenton, NJ 08608
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Domestic Violence
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Matthew Dorry graduated from Rutgers University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. During his undergrad studies, he interned and volunteered for the Domestic Violence Agency of Middlesex County and participated in domestic violence hearings as a court advocate. He graduated Cum Laude and obtained his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. Dorry participated with in two mock trial competitions with the Trial Advocacy Honor Society. He was recognized for his community service actions during his time in law school. Mr. Dorry is licensed to practice law in the States of New...
Greg Prosmushkin
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Trenton, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(609) 257-4976 1142 Brunswick Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08638
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Temple University
The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., provides a full complement of legal services to people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We are proud of the individualized representation we are able to provide our clients, whether they are in need of a green card, Personal injury compensation or Criminal Defense representation. Our experienced attorneys and staff are fluent in several languages, including Spanish, Russian, Polish and Ukrainian. We take the time to thoroughly discuss each client's needs and goals, and maintain good communication throughout the duration of each case. For a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please...
Andrew I. Glenn
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(866) 216-5186 301 N Harrison St
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Princeton, NJ 08540
Free ConsultationPrinceton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
Criminal and Employment
University of Miami School of Law
Andrew’s first job as a lawyer was with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, where he was a Deputy Attorney General for approximately seven years. As a government trial attorney, he learned “his way around a courtroom” as well as how to effectively and persuasively write legal documents. As a Deputy Attorney General, Andrew gained invaluable litigation experience in both State and Federal Courts, arguing motions before judges, negotiating settlements before mediators, taking and defending over 800 depositions, and trying both bench and jury trials.

After working with the New Jersey Attorney General, over the next eight years, Andrew further honed...
Thomas Huth
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Trenton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(609) 498-7486 222 S Broad St
#102
Trenton, NJ 08608
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Seton Hall University
Jodi Jaffe
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Princeton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(866) 216-5186 301 N Harrison St
#9F, #306
Princeton, NJ 08540
Free ConsultationCriminal and Employment
University of Florida
Jodi J. Jaffe graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Brandeis University in 1987 and received her J.D. from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, in 1990.

Jodi began her career representing people that could not afford a lawyer who were accused of crimes; she became an Assistant Public Defender for the Dade County Public Defender’s office in Miami, Florida. In part, her relentlessness enabled her to get what she wanted for her clients, making her a successful trial attorney. Jodi is not afraid to take on “the system” and she will work tirelessly in the fight...
Douglas Herring
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Princeton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(844) 652-2287 475 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
Free ConsultationCriminal
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
William P. Deni, Sr., Esq.
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Princeton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney
(908) 782-2900 101 Poor Farm Rd
Princeton, NJ 08540
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Family and Personal Injury
Seton Hall University
Jason Charles Matey
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Lambertville, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
20 S Main St
#3a
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DWI and Divorce
Rutgers University - Newark
At the Law Offices of Jason Charles Matey, I provide my clients with sound legal council and advocate for my clients rights. I provide personalized and experienced representation for clients dealing with criminal defense, personal injury, bankruptcy, divorce and child custody issues.
Mark Garnet Davis
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Hamilton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(609) 587-9100 2653 Nottingham Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Free ConsultationCriminal and DWI
The George Washington University Law School
CERTIFIED BY THE NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT AS A CRIMINAL TRIAL ATTORNEY
Wayne Jentis
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Princeton, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(609) 921-0033 475 Wall Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Criminal, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Seton Hall University School of Law and University of Oxford, Oxford England
Wayne F. Jentis, Esq.

• Member in Good Standing of the State of Florida Bar

• Member in Good Standing of the State of New Jersey Bar

• Member in Good Standing of the State of New York Bar

• Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

• Member Brevard County Bar Association

• Member Florida Bar Association and Family Law Section

• Member of the American Bar Association

• Member New Jersey Bar Association and Family Law Section

• Member Mercer County Bar Association

• Prior Law Clerk to the Honorable F. Lee Forrester.
(During Presiding Judgeship of the Family Part, Superior...
Joel I. Rachmiel
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Princeton, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(866) 216-5186 301 N Harrison St
#9F, #306
Princeton, NJ 08540
Free ConsultationCriminal and Employment
Seton Hall University School of Law
William Wackowski
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Trenton, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(609) 498-7486 222 S Broad St
#102
Trenton, NJ 08608
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Rutgers University Law School
David Schroth
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Ewing, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(609) 882-0041 795 Parkway Avenue
Suite A-3
Ewing, NJ 08618
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Personal Injury
Paul Casteleiro
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Princeton, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(609) 921-0334 1000 Herrontown Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Criminal and Civil Rights
I am the Legal Director of Centurion Ministries, Inc., d/b/a "Centurion," since 2014. Centurion is a 501(C)(3) not for profit organization which was formed in 1982 and is the first organization in the United States devoted exclusively to freeing and exonerating individuals who are imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Centurion is a national organization and represents individuals all over the United States. I have over 35 years of experience in post conviction litigation in addition to being an experienced criminal trial and appellate attorney. Prior to becoming Legal Director at Centurion I maintained a private law practice in...
Filipe Pedroso
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Somerville, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(732) 200-2300 892 US-22, Fl. 2
Somerville, NJ 08876
Criminal, DWI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Seton Hall University School of Law
Over the years I have received many awards and recognitions for exceptional service, client satisfaction and highest ethical standards. The Legal Network has recognized me as “Top Lawyers in New Jersey” several years in a row. I have been invited to join elite Top 100 National Trial Lawyers due to strong qualifications as TOP civil/criminal defense trial lawyers. I was nominated as one of the "10 Best" attorneys in NJ by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Currently, I'm the managing attorney at two successful law firms: eLAWnj.com Pedroso Legal Services LLC and...
James A. Abate
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Somerville, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(908) 210-9755 82 E. Main Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Real Estate
Brooklyn Law School
Going through the process, no one seems to want to listen to you. They have probably treated you like a number that is being prosecuted by a machine. The last thing you need is to have your attorney take your case and treat you and it as if it is like every other case. My office was founded on the principal that the future can be better than the present and we have the ability to make it so.

You will receive a consultation that focuses on your unique experience, while bringing our training and experience in...
Raymond A. Grimes
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Neshanic Station, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(908) 371-1066 1367 US-202
Neshanic Station, NJ 08853
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Rutgers School of Law-Camden and The George Washington University Law School
Charles Z. Schalk
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Somerville, NJ Criminal Law Attorney
(908) 526-0707 77 N Bridge St
Somerville, NJ 08876
Criminal, Civil Rights, Collections and Construction
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Michael P. O'Grodnick
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Somerville, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(908) 526-0707 77 N Bridge St
Somerville, NJ 08876
Criminal, Business, Collections and Estate Planning
New England Law | Boston
Alexander G. Fisher
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Somerville, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(908) 526-0707 77 N Bridge St
Somerville, NJ 08876
Criminal, Employment, Environmental and Municipal
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Joanna M. Perilli
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Robbinsville, NJ Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(609) 259-3914 37 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Suite 200
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Criminal, DWI, Juvenile and Municipal
New York Law School
The Law Offices of Joanna M. Perilli, LLC, is a full service law firm representing individuals throughout the State of New Jersey in Municipal, Superior, and Appellate Courts. Concentration of practice is focused in the areas of Criminal, Traffic, DWI/DUI, Restraining Order & Contempt Cases. Office locations in Mercer and Middlesex Counties.
Samuel Sachs
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East Windsor, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(609) 448-2700 379 Princeton Hightstown Rd
East Windsor, NJ 08520
Criminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
The George Washington University Law School
Samuel Louis Sachs, Esq. attended Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude. He also attended the National Law Center of George Washington University, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree, with honors. Mr. Sachs is admitted to practice law before: the Supreme Court of the United States of America; the Third Circuit Court of Appeals; the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; and all courts in the State of New Jersey including the Supreme Court...
Britt Justice Simon
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Flemington, NJ Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(800) 709-1131 9 Main Street
Flemington, NJ 08822
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DWI and Traffic Tickets
California Western School of Law
Britt J. Simon is licensed to practice throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and District of Columbia, providing representation to the accused, the injured and other clients seeking quality legal services. He is guided by a commitment to the best interests of his clients and the highest standards of his profession. Offers free consultation.
William Fay
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Trenton, NJ Criminal Law Attorney
(609) 850-8284 100 Horizon Center Blvd
Trenton, NJ 08691
Criminal, DWI, Juvenile and Real Estate
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
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Centurion Ministries
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

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Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.