New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney
Being convicted of a crime in New Jersey carries the possibility of numerous penalties beyond just steep fines and jail time. You can also lose your driver’s license and even have your vehicle or other property forfeited. In addition, just having a criminal record can be a disability in all aspects of your life, including your ability to get or keep a professional or occupational license, your ability to get a loan, rent an apartment or pursue educational opportunities, and even your ability to vote, own a firearm, or perform military service. Your reputation in the community and your life at home can suffer as well. Fortunately, help is available. As an attorney with over 25 years of experience practicing criminal defense in New Jersey, Phillip J. Murphy can help you avoid the worst consequences of a conviction so that you can move forward and rebuild your life after an arrest in Bergen County, New Jersey. Contact our experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney for assistance today.
Phillip J. Murphy, Attorney at Law, helps people in Bergen County, New Jersey with all of the following:
Your Rights in New Jersey Criminal Law Matters
As a person arrested for a crime in New Jersey, you are innocent until proven guilty. It is the job of the police and prosecutors to prove the case against you in order to convict you of a crime. This means they must prove every element of the alleged offense beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury who is unanimous in thinking that you are guilty and that the state has proven its case. This is a tough standard for the state to meet, and you have rights to protect you along the way to ensure that you get a fair trial and to make sure the state does not overstep its bounds in trying to convict you. Foremost among these rights is the right to have an attorney advise you and represent you. You have a right to be represented at every important stage of the arrest and prosecution process, including your arraignment and bail hearing, all appearances before a judge, and of course at trial. Other rights you have as a person accused of a crime include:
- The right to remain silent
- The right to a jury trial if you want one
- The right to testify on your own behalf (but only if you choose to)
- The right to require witnesses to testify in your case
- The right to cross-examine the state’s witnesses
- The right to appeal a conviction
Your New Jersey criminal defense attorney will be able to challenge the weak points in the prosecution’s case and use all available defenses in your favor. If the state cannot do its job and prove its case, then you are entitled to be acquitted of the charges against you and to go free. Phillip J. Murphy fights to get the best result for you in your situation, whether that result is an acquittal or dismissal of charges, or an outcome such as probation or treatment that avoids jail time and other negative consequences. Together we can work to get you out of trouble so you can move forward with your life.
Contact Phillip J. Murphy for Immediate Assistance with Your Bergen County Arrest
Time is of the essence when you have been arrested for a criminal offense, and Phillip J. Murphy makes himself available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to respond quickly and get you the advice and help you need to protect your rights and get the best result. In Bergen County, New Jersey, contact Phillip J. Murphy, Attorney at Law, at 845-639-6600 for immediate assistance after an arrest.