Bergen County Criminal Defense
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Bergen County, NJ
Results-Driven Criminal Defense Lawyers Advocate for Clients Accused of Crimes in Bergen County, NJ
Although all criminal defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty, for many who have been arrested on criminal charges, the opposite may feel true. An arrest will make life seem overwhelming from day one. A conviction can be life-altering even after you have served your punishment.
At Zegas Law, our first priority is providing clients with the effective and aggressive criminal defense they need. For decades, we have successfully helped clients get not guilty verdicts—and even avoid criminal prosecution altogether where possible. We strongly advocate for our Bergen County clients so that they can get their lives back on track.
Our attention to detail and dedication to aggressively advocating for your rights can give you the chance of obtaining the best possible outcome. An effective criminal defense requires experienced legal help. At Zegas Law, our skilled criminal defense lawyers have successfully helped clients in highly prominent criminal cases across the country. We know the ins and outs of the New Jersey legal system and are ready to put our experience to work for you.
If you or a loved one have been accused of committing a crime, do not leave your future to chance. Our lawyers are dedicated to getting results when it counts. To learn more about how we can help protect your rights, call or contact our office online today for a free initial case review.
Zegas Law Effectively Handles a Broad Range of Bergen County, NJ Criminal Defense Strategies
When you have been accused of committing a crime, you need the best lawyer possible to build your strong criminal defense. At Zegas Law, our lawyers have the reputation, experience and proven track record of success needed to provide the best possible defense. We handle all types of criminal cases in Bergen County and across New Jersey, including:
- Federal criminal defense,
- Federal drug charges,
- New Jersey state drug charges,
- Domestic violence and restraining orders,
- Juvenile crimes,
- Sex Crimes, including sexual assault, child pornography and more,
- Weapons charges,
- White collar crimes, including identity theft, internet crimes, money laundering, shoplifting, theft and embezzlement, and tax fraud and evasion,
- Fraud, including credit card fraud, insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, mortgage and bank fraud, securities fraud, wire and mail fraud,
- Violent crimes, including assault,
- Federal and state appeals,
- Terroristic threats.
At Zegas Law, our trusted criminal defense lawyers will handle every aspect of your case—from negotiating to obtain reduced or dropped charges all the way through to fighting on your behalf at trial if necessary. Unlike other firms, we do not shy away from even the seemingly difficult criminal defense cases. Our proven track record of success includes handling complex and high-profile criminal cases will skill and dedication.
For more information about our legal firm, call or contact our Bergen County criminal defense lawyers today.
Battle-Tested Criminal Defense Lawyers at Zegas Law Dedicated to Building Strong Criminal Defense Strategies for Clients in Bergen County, NJ
Every criminal case is unique and, at Zegas Law, we begin every case with an independent investigation. The specific facts and allegations involved in your case will determine our strategy. For some first offenders, entering into a diversionary program can help you avoid a criminal conviction altogether if you are eligible for one of the following programs:
- Pre-trial intervention,
- Conditional discharge,
- Conditional dismissal.
In other cases, we will evaluate all evidence to form the strongest possible defense strategy. We never pressure our clients to enter plea deals simply to get cases off our desk. Instead, we dedicate the time and effort that every case requires to get the most favorable outcomes for our clients. A strong defense strategy may include:
- Challenges to the admissibility of the prosecution’s evidence,
- Challenges to the credibility of the prosecution’s eyewitnesses,
- Evidence that law enforcement executed an unreasonable search or seizure in violation of your constitutional rights,
- Claims of procedural errors.
For example, if you have been arrested on DUI/DWI charges in Bergen County, we investigate to determine whether the police Alcotest reading should be thrown out because of:
- Failure to properly maintain the breath test machine,
- Lack of training on the part of the officer administering the test,
- Lack of probable cause for the traffic stop or to administer the test in the first place.
Every case has its own unique set of facts, and our criminal defense lawyers leave no stone unturned in evaluating every aspect of your case—regardless of your case complexity.
Schedule a Confidential Case Review to Discuss Your Bergen County Criminal Charges Today
At Zegas Law, we keep all client information completely confidential, so call us today if you have been arrested on criminal charges or believe you are under investigation. We individually tailor every criminal defense to the unique client and case to improve our chances of getting the most successful results possible for you.
Your future and freedom are too important to choose an inexperienced lawyer. Call or contact the top-rated criminal defense lawyers at Zegas Law to discuss your case today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Defense Strategies in Bergen County, NJ
FAQ: What will happen after I am arrested on criminal charges in Bergen County?
Our first step is always to secure your release on bail if possible at an initial hearing. At that hearing, the judge will outline the conditions of your release if you are found eligible. After that, another hearing, called an arraignment, will be scheduled. At the arraignment, the judge will read the formal charges filed against you and you will have the opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty. Between your bail hearing and arraignment, our lawyers will be working diligently to locate the evidence that the prosecution has obtained and any evidence that can be used to clear your name. We will work closely with you so that you know what to expect throughout the entire process.
FAQ: What are the differences between the degrees of criminal charges?
If you are charged with a felony-level (indictable) offense, that charge will be graded on a scale of one to four. First-degree charges are the most serious and carry a potential jail term of up to 20 years (or more). Third-degree charges, by way of comparison, only carry a potential jail term of between three and five years in prison. Each level of criminal offense also carries the potential for significant monetary penalties. The degree of a criminal offense can also influence whether you will be eligible for future expungement. For example, certain violent criminal convictions (primarily first and second-degree offenses) can never be expunged—or cleared—from your record.