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5 Reasons it May Be Time to Hire a Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a drug offense or any other type of crime, you may wonder whether you should try to handle your case on your own or hire a criminal defense lawyer. The following are only five of many reasons why hiring an attorney is a wise idea:

  1. A criminal defense attorney can protect your rights with law enforcement. If you have been arrested, police will often try to interrogate you to obtain a confession or more information regarding accomplices and other potential offenses. You have a right to an attorney during this interrogation and you should always invoke that right. Police can use many tactics to get you to say things against your own interest and a criminal defense lawyer can represent you in all communications to protect your interests.
  1. A lawyer can begin handling your criminal case immediately. In many drug cases, witness memories can fade and evidence can disappear quickly. The sooner your defense attorney begins gathering and/or preserving evidence to challenge the prosecutor’s case, the stronger your defense may be. For this reason, hiring an attorney should be one of the first steps you take following an arrest.
  1. An experienced drug defense attorney will understand NJ drug laws. New Jersey drug laws are complicated and the charges and penalties you face will depend on many factors including the type of drug involved, the amount of alleged drugs, the specific offense of which you are accused, and more. An attorney who thoroughly understands drug laws in NJ can identify whether your drug charges are wrongful or inappropriate for your situation.
  1. An attorney will represent you in court. Once drug charges are issued, your case will progress quickly and you will have to appear in court several times. Court hearings can be intimidating and confusing and an experienced criminal defense lawyer will represent you before a judge and in communications with prosecutors so that you will never feel alone or unsure in these situations. If you choose to go to trial to fight your drug charges, your attorney will represent you before the judge and jury.
  1. A skilled attorney can identify possible ways to defend against your drug charges. The possible legal defenses available in drug cases vary depending on the circumstances. Through evaluation and investigation, your attorney will be able to identify which defenses will apply in your case to either negotiate a plea deal, have your case dismissed, or to defend you at trial.

Call for a Free Consultation with a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney

In short, hiring an attorney to defend against criminal charges can significantly help you and the outcome of your case in many different ways. If you have been arrested, do not delay in calling the Law Office of Robert E. DePersia, II at 856-795-9688 for a free consultation today.

Benefits of Hiring a License Suspension Lawyer

Most of us rely on our driver’s licenses for many reasons including earning a living, attending school, and attending many other important obligations. If the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) suspends your license for any reason, you could experience significant interruptions in your life. Fortunately, hiring an experienced license suspension defense attorney in NJ can be very beneficial. The following are only some of the benefits of having a skilled lawyer handle your case:

Court procedures can be complex – Municipal court procedures and rules in New Jersey can be confusing and complicated if you have no experience with the court system. An attorney who regularly handles license suspension cases will be familiar with these procedures and will navigate the courts on your behalf.

You may have additional legal issues – Suspension of your license can happen for a wide variety of reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
  • Reckless driving
  • Not having auto insurance
  • Accruing too many points on your license
  • Not paying child support
  • Not showing up for traffic court

An experienced attorney can often handle any additional tickets or legal matters that you face in conjunction with your suspension or can refer you to someone who can.

You cannot afford to go without a license – Many people need their driver’s license to earn a living and cannot afford the professional repercussions of a suspended license. If you simply continue driving while suspended to get to work and you get caught by law enforcement, you risk very serious consequences including an arrest, costly fines, and a potential extension of your license suspension. Instead, you should hire an attorney to properly reinstate your license so that you can continue to drive legally.

Greater sense of certainty – If your license has been suspended, you are likely unsure of what is going to happen in your case or how to get your license reinstated. If you are driving while suspended, you likely live in constant fear of an encounter with police on the road. Instead of living in a state of uncertainty, hiring an attorney to handle your case can assure you that progress is being made and can give you a greater peace of mind.

Call a New Jersey License Defense Attorney for a Free Consultation Today

If your license has been suspended or if you have been caught driving while suspended, your very first step should be setting up a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Please feel free to contact the Law Office of Robert E. DePersia, II at 856-795-9688 as soon as possible so that we can begin helping you.