Bergen County Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Clients Throughout New Jersey
The outcome of your criminal matter is likely to have a tremendous impact on your family, your job, and your reputation within the community. With so much at stake and so much uncertainty, it is only natural to feel nervous and unsettled. The most important step to relieving the stress associated with a recent arrest is to retain an experienced and compassionate Bergen County criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
A Conviction Can Have Life-Altering Consequences, So You Need to Fight for Your Rights
Under New Jersey law, all crimes carry the potential for jail time. A DUI (which is classified as a traffic offense) can also land you in jail. If you or your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, then detention, community service, counseling, restitution and other penalties could all be on the table.
Beyond fines and jail time, having a conviction on your record can impact your life in other ways as well. You could find it difficult to get into school or land a job, and you could lose your right to carry firearms and your right to vote. Certain offenses can also result in your being denied access to your children or your own home. While many convictions are eventually eligible for expungement (after 10 years), this is a long time to wait before you start putting the pieces of your life back together.
While it is possible to face these consequences following an arrest, it is also possible to defend yourself. There are numerous potential defenses to criminal, DUI and juvenile charges in New Jersey; and, while each case is different, Scott Gorman can use his experience to build the strongest possible case for the best possible result. Regardless of your circumstances, you should not give up hope. Call The Gorman Law Firm at 201-489-9199 to speak with a Bergen County criminal defense attorney and start working on your case today.
No Matter the Crime, We Strive for Your Best Defense
Scott Gorman handles all types of criminal cases in Bergen County. Whether you have been charged with a disorderly persons offense, indictable offense, juvenile offense or DUI, Scott can use his extensive experience to fight for your freedom in court. Choose from the links below to learn more about your case and the defenses you may have available:
Accusations of domestic violence can have immediate consequences. Even if the accusations against you are entirely false, you need to take action in order to protect yourself. Scott Gorman regularly handles domestic violence cases and he can help you fight against charges including:
- Simple assault
- Aggravated assault
- Child abuse
- Child endangerment
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Violating a domestic violence injunction
Drug crimes, including cultivation, manufacturing, trafficking and possession with intent to distribute, carry severe penalties in New Jersey. If you are awaiting trial on drug charges, it is important that you speak with a Bergen County criminal defense attorney immediately. Scott Gorman handles cases involving marijuana, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, prescription pills and other drugs, and, if you are struggling with substance abuse or drug dependence, he can seek to have your case transferred to the Drug Court where sentencing focuses on treatment rather than retribution.
In New Jersey, the lowest level crimes are petty disorderly persons offenses. These crimes carry the potential for up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. On the other end of the spectrum, first-degree indictable crimes can carry 10 years to life in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Regardless of the crime (or crimes) with which you have been charged, you are facing serious consequences, and you need to speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
New Jersey law imposes serious penalties for first-time and repeat DUI offenders. If you are facing a DUI charge in Bergen County, jail time, fines, loss of driving privileges, alcohol education and counseling, insurance surcharges, and mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices are all on the table. However, even if you were drunk when you got pulled over, you could have defenses available, and Scott Gorman can use these defenses to mitigate the consequences of your arrest.
Scott Gorman is skilled at representing minors charged with juvenile offenses. Prior to becoming an attorney, Scott worked for a non-profit that served families with socially and emotionally-troubled children. As a result of this experience he has a unique understanding of the dynamics involved in juvenile cases. If you (or your child) is facing a juvenile charge in Bergen County family court, Scott can seek a resolution that preserves your (or your child’s) future.
Q&A with Bergen County Criminal Defense Attorney Scott Gorman
Q: If I plead guilty, will this help reduce my sentence?
While many people believe that pleading guilty and therefore “accepting responsibility” for their actions will result in a reduced sentence, this is not necessarily the case. Moreover, regardless of the circumstances at hand, you should never assume that you will be found guilty in court. Before you make any decisions that could jeopardize your future, you need to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Q: Can the police search my car or home without a warrant?
In some circumstances, yes, the police can conduct a warrantless search in Bergen County. However, there are a variety of potential issues with warrantless searches, and, if the police violated your Fourth Amendment rights, you may be able to have key evidence suppressed from your case.
Q: How much does it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney?
While you will need to pay your attorney’s legal fees, the costs of mounting a successful defense will almost always pale in comparison to the consequences of facing a conviction without legal representation. During your free initial consultation, we will be happy to discuss the potential costs involved in engaging our firm as well as the risks involved in going to court unrepresented.
For more information, read our Criminal Defense FAQs
Have an Experienced and Dedicated Defense Lawyer on Your Side
Scott dedicated himself to the pursuit of justice by concentrating his practice in the area of criminal defense after his first year of practicing law when he worked at a nationally recognized and well-respected corporate law firm. In an effort to remain vigilant and to stay current on the latest developments in criminal defense and to hone his advocacy skills, he is an active member of organizations such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. His effectiveness as a Bergen County criminal defense attorney has been recognized by his recent selection by (201) Magazine as one of Bergen County’s Top Lawyers in the areas of criminal defense and appellate practice. In addition, Scott has been selected by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star every year from 2010 to 2015.* If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, the time to retain a criminal defense lawyer is now and the lawyer to call is Scott Gorman.
Get the Best Outcome for Your Case with a Top Bergen County Criminal Defense Attorney
In New Jersey, the most serious criminal cases are heard by the Criminal Part of the Law Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. In Bergen County, such cases are heard at the Bergen County Justice Center, which is located at 10 Main Street in Hackensack. Less serious matters such as alleged disorderly persons offenses and violations of New Jersey’s motor vehicle statutes or municipal ordinances are generally prosecuted in one of the more than seventy municipal courts located throughout the county.
To learn more about how Bergen County criminal defense attorney Scott Gorman can give you the best opportunity to obtain a favorable outcome for your case, please contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Hackensack office or call us now at (201) 489-9199.
*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. For Rising Stars methodology, see www.superlawyers.com.