Morristown Criminal Attorney
If you are facing criminal charges in Morristown, if you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), or if you or your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, you need to hire an experienced defense attorney. The prosecutors in Morristown aggressively pursue severe penalties in cases involving adult and juvenile defendants, and a conviction could impact all aspects of your (or your child’s) life for years – if not decades – to come.
Consider this: In New Jersey, all crimes carry the potential for jail time. A conviction for a petty disorderly persons offense, which is the lowest-level offense under New Jersey law, can land you in jail for up to 30 days with a $500 fine. If you have been charged with an indictable offense (which is roughly comparable to a felony in other states), you could be facing multiple years in prison and fines you will have to work to pay off for the rest of your life.
Attorney Scott Gorman Can Fight Your Criminal, DUI or Juvenile Charges
Attorney Scott Gorman represents individuals charged with serious criminal offenses, DUI and juvenile offenses in Morristown. Regardless of the circumstances involved in your case, you have defenses available, and Scott can use his knowledge and experience to protect you to the greatest extent possible. Scott regularly defends clients who are facing charges for:
Facing domestic violence charges in Morristown is unlike facing charges for any other type of criminal offense. The consequences can be swift and severe; and, if you fail to assert an effective defense, you can lose certain rights even before your criminal trial.
The New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice defines domestic violence as the commission of certain types of crimes against spouses, partners, children or other household members. This includes the crimes of:
- Simple assault
- Aggravated assault
- Child abuse
- Child endangerment
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Violating a domestic violence injunction
Morristown criminal attorney Scott Gorman represents individuals charged with all types of New Jersey drug crimes.. This includes cultivation, manufacturing, trafficking and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, prescription pills and other drugs. If you are struggling with substance abuse or drug dependence, Scott may be able to have your case transferred to Drug Court, where sentencing focuses on treatment rather than punishment.
With extensive experience in criminal court, Morristown criminal attorney Scott Gorman offers strategic, aggressive, and trial-ready representation for individuals facing all types of criminal charges. Whether you are facing jail time for a first-time disorderly persons offense or you are looking at substantial prison time for an indictable crime as a repeat offender, Scott will fight vigorously to preserve your freedom and protect you from the life-altering consequences of a criminal conviction.
Although DUI is classified as a traffic offense in New Jersey rather than a crime, a conviction can still mean jail time, substantial fines, loss of your driving privileges, and other severe penalties. Even if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above 0.08 percent, you could still have a variety of defenses available.
While New Jersey’s juvenile justice system focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment, the consequences of being “adjudicated delinquent” are still significant. Potential sentences include detention, restitution, community service and counseling, and minors who have juvenile records can face various practical consequences as well. Attorney Scott Gorman defends juveniles in Morristown who are facing charges including:
- Simple or aggravated assault
- Drug crimes
- Sexual assault
- Shoplifting or theft
- Underage alcohol possession or consumption
New Jersey Terms of Imprisonment
Under New Jersey law, criminal offenses are broken down as first-degree, second-degree, third-degree, and fourth-degree crimes, with the first-degree being the most serious offenses. These crimes are commonly referred to as “felonies” in other states. In general, first-degree crimes are punishable by terms of incarceration of between ten and twenty years. Second-degree crimes carry terms of incarceration of five to ten years. The range of terms of incarceration for third-degree crimes is between three and five years. Finally, fourth degree crimes may result in up to eighteen months in State Prison.
Not every conviction results in a term of incarceration that is consistent with these ranges. Your attorney may be able to convince a sentencing judge that a reduced term of imprisonment or no imprisonment at all is appropriate given the particular circumstances of your case.
The potential fines associated with crimes can range from the substantial to the astronomical. In general, the maximum fines for various crimes are as follows: $200,000 for a first-degree crime, $150,000 for a second-degree crime, $15,000 for a third-degree crime, and $10,000 for a fourth-degree crime. These fines are in addition to other mandatory assessments such as mandatory payments to the Victims of Crime Compensation Board and the Safe Neighborhoods Services Fund. Also, if your crime involves one or more victims, you may be required to pay compensation for the victims’ financial loss that was related to the crime.
Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs): Protecting Your Rights and Your Freedom
Q: When can you have your criminal record expunged under New Jersey law?
In New Jersey, most criminal convictions become eligible for expungement 6 years after the completion of your sentence (including payment of all fines). However, there are some exceptions, and there are various circumstances that can prevent a person from being eligible to file. Getting your New Jersey criminal record expunged can truly be a life-changing experience; and, if you believe that your conviction is eligible, we encourage you to contact us for more information.
Q: What is the difference between an indictable offense and a disorderly persons offense?
New Jersey does not classify crimes as felonies and misdemeanors. Instead, it uses the terms “indictable offense” and “disorderly persons offense.” A crime is classified as an indictable offense if it carries a potential prison sentence of a year or longer, while disorderly persons offenses are punishable by up to six months in jail.
Q: Should I still hire a criminal attorney if I know I am guilty?
Regardless of the circumstances of your case, you should never assume that you will be found guilty in court. The prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and there are numerous hurdles that stand in the way of securing a conviction. Due to the severe consequences of being convicted, you need to do everything possible to protect yourself, and this starts with hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney. In addition, your attorney can negotiate to reduce the penalties that you will face.
Come to Our Office for a Free Consultation with a Morristown Criminal Attorney
If you need legal representation in Morristown for a criminal, DUI or juvenile case, attorney Scott Gorman is here to protect you. Scott has more than a decade of experience fighting for clients in criminal, municipal, and family courts. Scott can help you understand what is at risk in your case, and he can defend you by all legal means available. Do not let one mistake alter the course of your life. Call 973-796-3800 now to discuss your case with Morristown criminal attorney Scott Gorman for free.