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South Orange Criminal Defense Lawyers

Accomplished Criminal Defense Lawyers Represent Individuals Charged With Crimes In South Orange And Across New Jersey

Whether you veered off the road and were charged with driving under the influence (DUI), got into a bar fight and were charged with assault, or were in possession of an illegal drug, the South Orange criminal defense lawyers at Zegas Law have got you covered.

Our accomplished attorneys have spent years representing clients who were charged with crimes and we stand proud of our track record of success.

South Orange Criminal Defense Law Firm Fights For The Rights Of Clients Accused Of Criminal Offenses

In the United States, if you are accused of a crime, it is presumed that you are innocent until it is proven otherwise. At Zegas Law, our South Orange criminal defense law firm fights for the rights of clients accused of all types of criminal offenses. Our legal team handles a wide range of criminal cases including — but not limited to — the following offenses:

To learn more about Zegas Law and the services we provide, contact our office to arrange for a free confidential consultation with one of our experienced South Orange criminal defense attorneys.

South Orange Criminal Defense Team Skillfully Defends Drug Charges Brought Against Clients In New Jersey

Under New Jersey law, the following drugs are considered controlled dangerous substances (CDS) and possession of these is illegal:

  • Unauthorized prescription drugs
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana that is not authorized for medicinal purposes
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Drug paraphernalia

Drug crimes can bring serious penalties if the defendant is convicted. Don’t take any chances with the outcome of your case — or with your future. A solid defense is the key to successfully fighting a drug charge, and this requires knowledge, experience, and skill. Criminal defense lawyers at Zegas Law bring all of these qualities to each and every case.

Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Lawyers Advocate For Clients Charged With Assault In South Orange And Across New Jersey

In New Jersey, a charge of assault can be confusing. Assault is considered an action that threatens another person with imminent bodily harm. Battery is considered an action that inflicts intentional harm on another person. Battery may also be an action that demonstrates unlawful recklessness, either with or without a weapon. New Jersey charges a crime of battery as an assault.

Assault charges in the Garden State include the following:

  • Disorderly persons offense
  • Simple assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Assault and battery

If you or a loved one has been charged with assault, contact our office to schedule a free confidential consultation with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer at Zegas Law who will advise you of your rights, review the case against you, and discuss your legal options.

Charged With Driving Under the Influence (DUI)? Accomplished South Orange Legal Team Prepares Skilled Defense 

You may think that a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) only applies to alcohol. That’s a misconception. A charge of DUI applies to impairment that is the result of alcohol or drugs, or both. Even certain medications that cause sleepiness can be the basis for a DUI charge. At Zegas Law, our criminal defense attorneys handle all aspects of a DUI charge, including — but not limited to — the following:

  • Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels
  • Your rights regarding chemical testing
  • Implied consent
  • Refusal to submit to sobriety tests
  • New Jersey’s zero tolerance laws
  • Installation of ignition interlock devices
  • DUI with a minor present in the vehicle

The South Orange legal team at Zegas Law prepares skilled, strategic defense of DUI charges for our clients. We protect your rights, advocate on your behalf, and fight the charges against you for the best possible outcome in your case.

Aggressive Defense Of Criminal Charges Brought Against Clients In South Orange And Throughout New Jersey

South Orange criminal defense lawyers at Zegas Law aggressively defend the charges brought against our clients. From the time you are formally charged with an offense to the conclusion of your case, we are dedicated to every aspect of your criminal defense. Our experienced defense team will explain your rights and fully protect them, discuss the legal process and what to expect at each juncture, review the evidence against you, interview witnesses, and develop an aggressive, tailored defense of the charges brought against you.

To learn more about how Zegas Law can help your case, schedule a free confidential consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys.

About South Orange, New Jersey

South Orange is a suburban township in Essex County, New Jersey with a population of 16,880 residents. The majority of the crimes reported to law enforcement in 2018 were property crimes, with 293 incidents reported. Crimes of larceny/theft accounted for 229 incidents reported to law enforcement in 2018. A total of 38 burglaries were reported that year, in addition to 26 reported motor vehicle thefts and 22 incidents of violent crime. There were 12 reported instances of aggravated assault and 10 reported robberies in 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Defense In South Orange, New Jersey

FAQ: What is an arraignment?

An arraignment is part of the criminal process whereby the criminal charges are read in court with the defendant present so that the defendant is informed of the charges. In response, the defendant is expected to enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty”. If the defendant is in custody, the defendant’s attorney will be given the opportunity to argue bail.

FAQ: What is a preliminary hearing?

A preliminary hearing is a legal proceeding that occurs after a criminal complaint has been filed. The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to ascertain whether or not there is sufficient evidence to require a court trial. The defendant may be assisted by an attorney at the preliminary hearing and the attorney will take this opportunity to dispute the evidence against you, look for inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case, question key witnesses, and advocate on your behalf.

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