Morris County Criminal Defense Lawyer
Scott Gorman is a Morris County criminal defense lawyer with more than a decade of experience representing defendants throughout New Jersey. He handles cases involving drug crimes, domestic violence, driving under the influence (DUI) and other serious offenses. He provides aggressive, strategic and unwavering legal representation in criminal and juvenile court.
If you have been charged with DUI or a criminal offense in Morris County, you need to take your situation very seriously. You are facing potential fines and jail time (all offenses can carry these penalties in New Jersey), and you could be at risk for various other penalties as well. Having a criminal record can impact all aspects of your life. In order to protect yourself, you need to begin working on your defense immediately, and this starts with engaging experienced legal representation.
Scott Gorman is an Experienced Morris County Criminal Defense Lawyer with a Track Record of Successful Results
Defense attorney Scott Gorman can help you if you are facing criminal charges or if you have been arrested for DUI in Morris County. At The Gorman Law Firm, every case starts with a free and confidential consultation. Call 201-489-9199 now to speak with Scott about your case involving:
Morris County Criminal Defense Lawyer
In New Jersey, the maximum penalties for disorderly persons offenses are 6 months in a county jail and a $1,000 fine. If you have been charged with an indictable offense, you could be facing decades of imprisonment and tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. In short, you cannot afford not to defend yourself, and you need to discuss your situation with a criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Domestic violence cases present unique challenges for defendants and their legal counsel. Scott Gorman has particular experience defending clients against false accusations of domestic violence in New Jersey.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
In New Jersey, the potential penalties for drunk driving include driver’s license suspension, fines, insurance surcharges, jail time, alcohol education and counseling, and mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices in each of your vehicles. But, these penalties can pale in comparison to the long-term consequences of having a DUI on your record. As an experienced DUI lawyer, Scott Gorman can fight to help you avoid these consequences.
Drug crimes are heavily prosecuted in New Jersey. Attorney Scott Gorman uses his experience to fight for clients charged with cultivation, manufacturing, trafficking and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, prescription pills and other drugs.
Is your charge or conviction eligible for expungement? If so, clearing your record could have life-changing effects. Contact us to learn more.
Attorney Scott Gorman also practices in the area of juvenile defense. If you or your child has been charged with drunk driving, shoplifting, assault or any other juvenile offense, Scott can help you avoid devastating consequences.
10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Morris County Criminal Defense Lawyer
With all that is at risk in your case, you need to do everything you possibly can to protect yourself. This starts with hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Your choice of representation is extremely important, and you should not choose a lawyer simply because he or she is the first lawyer you call. There are several questions you can ask both prior to and during your initial consultation that will help you make an informed decision.
Here are 10 questions we recommend you ask before hiring a criminal defense attorney:
1. Is my initial consultation free?
Your initial consultation with a criminal defense lawyer should be free. This is your opportunity to get to know the lawyer and decide if he or she seems like the right fit.
2. How much will it cost to hire a Morris County criminal defense lawyer?
Some criminal defense lawyers charge flat fees for certain crimes, and some charge hourly rates. You should leave your initial consultation knowing how you will be charged and with a reasonable understanding of how much you will have to pay.
3. Have you handled cases involving my charge (or charges) before?
In criminal cases, experience matters. You need a Morris County criminal defense lawyer who has significant prior experience handling cases similar to yours.
4. How have your clients fared in those cases?
Results matter, too. Although every case is different, you will want to know not only that your lawyer has not only handled cases similar to yours, but that he or she has achieved favorable results in those cases.
5. Do you regularly handle criminal cases in Morristown?
Different courts follow slightly different rules and procedures, and different prosecutors and judges handle cases differently. As a result, you will want a lawyer who regularly handles cases in Morristown.
6. What defenses can you use to protect me?
There are many potential defenses to criminal charges in New Jersey. While a lawyer might not be able to answer this question specifically until he or she has more information about your case, he or she should certainly be able to discuss possible defense strategies in general terms.
7. What should I do while my case is pending?
There may be steps you can take now to reduce your risk of a harsh sentence at trial. Your lawyer should be able to tell you what you need to know.
8. What outcome can I expect from my criminal case?
While no lawyer can (or should) guarantee any particular result, the lawyer you choose should be able to explain the potential penalties that are on the table and discuss possible outcomes of your case.
9. How can I get in touch with you during my case?
You should have access to your lawyer by phone, text and email, and he or she should respond to your messages as soon as possible.
10. What are my next steps?
Finally, your lawyer should be able to explain each of the next steps in your case. This includes next steps for entering into a retainer agreement, next steps for building your defense, and next steps for your case as it heads toward trial.
Speak With a Morris County Criminal Defense Lawyer for Free
What defenses do you have available? What can you do to reduce your risk of facing severe penalties at trial? To find out in a free and confidential consultation, call The Gorman Law Firm at 201-489-9199 (Hackensack) or 973-796-3800 (Morristown) today to speak with a top Morris County criminal defense lawyer.