New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney
Being involved in criminal charges or municipal offenses can be a scary and confusing experience. This is especially true if this is your first brush with the criminal justice system. You may be worried about what to expect. How will these charges affect your future, your finances, and even your freedom? You have a right to be concerned and a legal right to fight the charges levied against you. To have your day in court, to have your side of the story told, and to ensure that your legal rights are protected, you should have the benefit of an experienced criminal defense attorney. I recommend that you contact my firm to arrange a consultation with me as a New Jersey criminal lawyer to get the legal advice you need.
I have more than a decade of legal experience as a practicing attorney, admitted to the bars of both New York and New Jersey. If you are facing municipal offense or criminal charges, I strongly urge you to consult with me about your case. I understand the stress and anxiety you may be under concerning your situation. It is my personal promise to you to be with you every step of the way throughout the legal process in which you find yourself. I answer all phone calls and respond to messages when I am away at court as soon as possible. I am easily accessible by phone or email. Finally, and most importantly, I will be the one standing by your side at all times in the courtroom and at the negotiation table on your behalf with prosecutors and judges.
Aggressive Defense in All Areas of New Jersey Criminal Law
I handle a broad range of criminal offenses ranging from simple assault cases, to cases involving
murder and everything in between. If you are facing criminal charges for simple assault or aggravated assault, your first matter of business should be consulting me to discuss your case. A simple assault charge may involve threats to cause bodily injury, in which case it may be punished as a disorderly person's offense, which is punishable by up to 6 months in jail. On the other hand, aggravated assault is far more serious, especially if it involved the use of a dangerous weapon, pointing a firearm at someone, or committing simple assault on a member of law enforcement.
With aggravated assault, you could be facing a prison sentence of up to 10 years depending on the facts of the case. Domestic violence is another form of assault or battery that typically occurs between spouses or family members. If you are convicted of domestic violence, you could be required to leave your home, or stay away from your spouse, and a conviction can have a negative impact on child visitation or custody (if you have children). Although assault and
domestic violence charges are serious matters, they are often based off of lies and for this reason, it's imperative that I investigate all of the facts surrounding your case and strive to get the charges dropped wherever possible.
DUI and DWI (driving while intoxicated) charges are one of the most common offenses that normal people are charged with every day. Both law enforcement and our legislature frown upon drinking and driving and therefore come down hard on those that are arrested for DUI or DWI. In New Jersey, a person can get arrested for DUI whether the offense involves alcohol, illegal drugs such as marijuana or methamphetamines, a lawfully
prescribed medication such as an anti-anxiety drug or a pain killer, or even an over-the-counter cold or allergy medicine.
DUI penalties vary widely depending upon your criminal history, whether or not you are on probation or parole, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), whether or not you had a minor in your vehicle, and if you caused property damage or bodily injuries to someone else. DUI cases are not hopeless, over my career I have defended numerous clients against DUI and DWI charges and I can certainly fight to retain your driver's license and your freedom!
Many crimes in New Jersey can be prosecuted as either misdemeanors or felonies depending upon the circumstances surrounding the case. Drug crimes, assault crimes, DUI & DWI, shoplifting,
theft crimes and
sex offenses can all be charged as felonies or misdemeanors depending upon the severity of the crime and whether or not a weapon was used during the commission of the crime. When facing felony charges, it's important that your attorney fight to get your charges reduced to misdemeanors because that distinction can shave years off of one's jail or prison term.
While misdemeanors are considered "lesser" offenses, they can still involve up to 1 year in jail and a criminal record. Felonies on the other hand involve a minimum of a year in prison and these are considered more serious offenses. Regardless of whether you are facing misdemeanor charges for something such as simple assault, or if you are facing serious felony charges for bank fraud, embezzlement, insurance fraud, identity theft, or a drug crime such as manufacturing or distributing, or if you are facing charges for a serious violent felony such as murder, I have over a decade of legal experience working with on some of the most serious criminal matters, and I welcome the opportunity to defend you or your family member against minor or extremely serious criminal charges.
I also represent clients in criminal charges connected with weapons offenses, sex crimes, fraud, eluding, terrorist threats, harassment, violent crimes, white collar crimes, and more. Whatever type of criminal charges you may be facing, it is in your best interests to have a highly-qualified criminal lawyer in your corner as early as possible to give you the best chance of an effective defense and favorable result. I can negotiate with prosecutors and judges on your behalf to minimize the negative effects of the charges you face and their potential penalties.
Additional Family Legal Services Provided
I also provide legal representation and assistance to those who need help with other areas of practice such as
family law issues, such as
child support, child custody and visitation, and similar family matters. Family law issues can be extremely personal, emotionally-charged, and life-changing. You will want a local family lawyer who will provide personalized and responsive attention to your individual needs and concerns. As a family lawyer, I will take the time to understand your particular circumstances, explain all of the legal aspects and consequences of your case, and do everything possible to help you achieve your objectives. Because personal service is my top priority, your case will get the attention and care it needs and deserves.
Why hire an attorney to help in my case?
When you have been arrested and charged with a serious criminal offense, the consequences of a subsequent conviction may be devastating. Regardless of how severe the crime, whether you have been accused of theft or vehicular manslaughter, if your future is on the line, you should not hesitate to take action in the interest of your defense as soon as possible. With the needed assistance of a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Ryan E. Gilbert, you may stand a much better chance of successfully combatting the charges that have been placed upon you. Through a thorough investigation of the evidence being used against you, our firm will be able to devise a personalized defense on your behalf. It is up to you, however, to be proactive in initiating the process. By contacting our firm immediately, we can get started on building a solid defense and working to have to charges against you reduced, or even dismissed.
We proudly serve clients throughout New Jersey, including East Brunswick, Middletown, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Freehold, Edison, Sayreville, Old Bridge , New Brunswick, North Brunswick, South Brunswick, South River and Woodbridge.