Scott Gorman proudly serves clients throughout New Jersey, including Union County.
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 Union County, these cases are heard at the Union County Courthouse, which is located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth.
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 Union County’s local municipal courts.
To learn more about how Scott can give you the best opportunity to obtain a favorable outcome for your Union County case, please select an area of practice and contact us to schedule a free consultation.
Being arrested and charged with a crime can be one of the most disruptive and frightening experiences of a person’s life.
The first step to relieving the stress associated with a recent arrest is to retain an experienced and compassionate Union County Criminal Defense Lawyer right away. The resolution of your criminal matter is almost certainly going to profoundly affect family, your job, and your reputation within the community. With so much at stake, you cannot afford to leave your fate in the wrong hands. Scott Gorman will take the time to understand your situation and he will explain how his aggressive representation can give you the best chance for a positive outcome.
Scott knows that good people sometimes find themselves accused of having committed criminal acts. He also understands that the stakes may be higher for them because of the their good standing within the community may be on the line. For Scott, the first step to efficiently advocating on your behalf is getting to know you and your unique situation. This information will enable him to both understand your particular needs and cast you in a positive light to the prosecutor and judge. From his initial meeting with you, Scott will explain the charges that you are facing and the most substantial consequences that could flow from a conviction. Scott will walk you through the process for how criminal charges are prosecuted and how he can defend you.
Scott understands that to you, no case is more important than your own. He will work with you to devise a plan that reflects your individual needs after discussing the potential risks and benefits associated with your various options. While your case is winding through the criminal justice system, Union County Criminal Defense Lawyer Scott Gorman will give your case the attention that it deserves, regardless of the severity of the charges against you. To identify the greatest weaknesses in the State’s case against you, Scott will meticulously review the evidence that the State provides in advance of trial, and he will make every effort to make himself available to answer your questions as soon as possible. Scott prides himself on providing representation that reflects his belief that preparation and diligence are the keys to obtaining the best possible outcome for his clients and that no client should ever have to worry about whether they are still on their attorney’s radar.
Scott began concentrating his practice in the area of criminal defense immediately after working 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, he is an active member of organizations such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. His effectiveness as a Union County Criminal Defense Lawyer 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 2014.* If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, the time to retain a Union County Criminal Defense Lawyer is now and the lawyer to call is Scott Gorman.
Have you been involved in a domestic disturbance? Union County domestic violence attorney Scott Gorman is ready to advocate on your behalf.
As the procedure for dealing with domestic violence allegations moves at an extremely fast pace, there is little time for you to contemplate your next move. If you are seeking a domestic violence restraining order or if you have had a temporary domestic violence restraining order issued against you, it is important to speak with a Union County Domestic Violence Attorney immediately. Under New Jersey law, when police have probable cause to suspect that domestic violence has occurred, they must arrest the individual believed to have committed the offense, sign a criminal complaint charging the individual, or both, even when no person claims to be the victim of domestic violence. Hearings on applications for final restraining orders are scheduled right away they are typically conducted within days of the filings.
A restraining order can do much more than just prevent one person from having contact with another. Final restraining orders can impact parents’ ability to communicate with their children and they frequently present significant problems in custody disputes. They can cause problems at work. Also, your name will be included in the Central Registry for Domestic Violence indefinitely if a final restraining order is issued against you. Moreover, a final restraining order will render you ineligible to obtain a firearms purchaser card and will result in the forfeiture of firearms that you already own. In fact, even a successful defense against an application for a final restraining order does not guarantee that you will not be ordered to forfeit your weapons.
A person can be convicted of the criminal charge of contempt for violating a single provision of a domestic violence restraining order, and a subsequent conviction for a violation of a restraining order will result in no less than one month in jail.
To qualify for a domestic violence restraining order, plaintiffs need only carry their burden by a preponderance of the evidence even though a domestic violence restraining order often carries penalties that are more severe than those that flow from the related criminal conviction. To determine whether to grant a final restraining order, a judge will consider whether the victim has proven that domestic violence has occurred and that a restraining order is required to protect the victim from further abuse. It is worth noting that as a result of the burden of proof that is applied at these hearings, a final restraining order can issue even if the evidence presented by the victim falls short of establishing proof beyond a reasonable doubt that an underlying act of domestic violence even occurred.
Union County Attorney Scott Gorman understands both the stressful nature of the process for dealing with applications for domestic violence restraining orders and the significance of such matters. He has successfully represented victims and defendants in domestic violence proceedings at hearings and on appeal. To effectively advocate on your behalf, Scott needs to understand you and the unique circumstances of your case. Time is of the essence in domestic violence proceedings so call Scott today to discuss how he can help you get the outcome that you need.
Union County drug possession lawyer Scott Gorman will use his experience, dedication, and diligence to reduce or eliminate the penalties you are facing if you are alleged to have possessed a controlled dangerous substance.
A drug crime conviction carries many serious penalties that can include incarceration, probation, fines, and mandatory surcharges. Union County drug possession lawyer Scott Gorman has helped obtain positive outcomes for hundreds of people who were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and related crimes and he will work tirelessly on your behalf to do the same for you.
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article I, paragraph of the Constitution of New Jersey protect people from unreasonable searches and seizures. If your guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures was violated, the evidence obtained as a result of the unlawful search or seizure may be suppressed. This means that at trial, the State would be unable to use the evidence that was suppressed. In many instances, suppression of evidence results in an acquittal, because without the evidence, the State is unable to prove its case. Scott knows that a meticulous review of your case is critical to determine your most effective defenses.
The State frequently tries to prove that a defendant possessed drugs even though the defendant did not have physical control of the drugs at issue. Possession of drugs is sometimes proven by a showing that the person constructively possessed drugs. Constructive possession means that the defendant was aware of the presence of the drugs with both the intent and the ability to exercise physical control or dominion over the drugs at some time. If the State attempts to prove that a defendant constructively possessed drugs, a skilled drug possession lawyer may be able to raise reasonable doubt as to whether the defendant was able to exercise control over the drugs.
In other situations, a lawyer may be able to mount a defense to prevent the State from establishing that the defendant was knowledgeable of the possession of a drug. For example, the Supreme Court of New Jersey has held that even if a defendant knows possesses some form of contraband, if the defendant was unaware that he possessed drugs, the defendant cannot properly be convicted of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Scott Gorman will carefully review the evidence of your case and he will use his training and experience to calculate the weaknesses of the State’s case and develop an effective defense strategy on your behalf.
If you or someone you love is charged with possessing drugs in Union County, call Scott Gorman today to discuss your case with Scott. He will advise you as to the consequences that could result from a conviction and the possible defenses that you may be able to assert. Let drug possession lawyer Scott Gorman begin the process of aggressively defending you to give yourself the best chance at avoiding the substantial and long-lasting consequences that can result from a drug conviction.
Union County DWI lawyer Scott Gorman will stop at nothing to defend your case.
To give yourself the best chance at avoiding a DWI conviction and the consequences that come along with such a conviction, you will need an experienced Union County DWI lawyer to defend you. Scott Gorman has helped hundreds of people who have been charged with DWI, and his dedication to offering the most efficient representation to his clients makes him the right choice to defend you.
You deserve attorney lawyer who will engineer and present a strategy that reflects the precise facts of your case and your unique situation. Scott Gorman will take the time to meet with you and your family to learn the specific details of your case, understand your individual needs and circumstances, and devise a plan to give you the greatest chance of a positive resolution. Every drunk driving case is unique and so, too, is every person who is charged with drunk driving. To have a fighting chance at avoiding a conviction, you will need an attorney with the willingness to devote the necessary amount of time to your case, the skill to effectively advocate on your behalf, and the drive to stop at nothing to win your case. Union County DWI lawyer Scott Gorman is just that type of defender.
Finding the most persuasive defenses in your case requires attention to detail and a solid understanding of the applicable law. In most DWI cases, the State will seek to prove the intoxication of the defendant based upon evidence relating to field sobriety tests or analyses of breath, blood or urine samples. In some cases, the State may have difficulty proving that the defendant operated a motor vehicle at all. Even if it is clear that the defendant operated a motor vehicle, reasonable doubt may exist as to whether the defendant was intoxicated at the time the motor vehicle was operated. Scott Gorman has received extensive training to credibility of the State’s proofs. He will sift through the evidence in your case to identify and emphasize the weaknesses in the State’s case, to identify the best angles to attack that case.
Scott’s devotion to delivering the most effective representation in drunk driving cases is evidenced by his membership in organizations such as the National College for DUI Defense, Inc, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. DWI lawyer Scott Gorman has been representing defendants charged with DWI in Union County even before New Jersey began its use of the Alcotest and he has successfully defended those charged with DWI at trial and on appeal. Scott makes sure he is up-to-date with the latest developments in drunk driving law. He has even lectured other attorneys on how to most effectively defend those charged with DWI. Having Scott Gorman on your side means that your case will get the special attention that it deserves and you will have an aggressive, diligent, and experienced advocate working for you.
Union County expungement lawyer Scott Gorman can help you put your past behind you so that you can get the second chance you deserve.
If you are living with a criminal record, you may wonder who can dig up records relating to your conviction. Such uncertainty can cause anxiety and embarrassment. Even worse, your criminal record can get in the way of your landing a job or obtaining a professional license. A criminal record can also prevent you from being accepted into a school. You could even be denied a loan as a result of your criminal record.
Most criminal convictions can be expunged after ten years from the later of the following: (1) release from incarceration (2) completion of probation or parole, or (3) payment of all fines. However, to successfully petition a court for an expungement, petitioners must demonstrate that they are not otherwise disqualified from obtaining the expungement. For example, a criminal conviction that touched upon the petitioner’s holding of a public office or public employment cannot be expunged. Moreover, one prior or subsequent criminal conviction will render a person ineligible to obtain an expungement of a criminal conviction. Two or more disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons adjudications will also serve as a bar to the expungement of a criminal conviction.
If you are eligible for an expungement, Scott can help you to obtain a court order that would permit you to deny that an arrest, criminal proceedings, or a conviction ever took place, in all but a few limited circumstances. The New Jersey Legislature has created a mechanism that allows many people to conceal information relating to arrests and criminal convictions. In fact, when records relating to an arrest have been expunged, if a person who is aware of the expungement discloses information relating to the expunged records, that person can be convicted of a disorderly persons offense.
Expungements are intended to help certain individuals put their past transgressions behind them when they can demonstrate that they have been rehabilitated and that they are not perpetual offenders. In furtherance of this policy, in 2010, the Legislature created a “public interest” exception to the expungement requirements to allow for the expungement of criminal convictions prior to the ten-year period referenced above if granting an expungement would be in the public’s interest. To benefit from the “public interest” exception, a petitioner must prove that at least five years have elapsed since the later of the petitioner’s completion of probation or parole, release from incarceration, or payment of fines and that the petitioner has not been convicted of any crimes, disorderly persons offenses or petty disorderly persons offenses in the interim. Next, the petitioner must show that granting the expungement would be in the public interest, taking into consideration the nature of the offense and the petitioner’s character and conduct since the conviction.
Don’t allow a prior conviction to unnecessarily stand in your way. Call Union County Expungement Lawyer Scott Gorman today to discuss how you can obtain an expungement and a second chance.
Union County juvenile defense lawyer Scott Gorman is passionate about helping children and adolescents.
Before he decided to become a lawyer, Scott advised young people who were struggling with severe emotional and behavioral issues, while working at a residential treatment facility for at-risk youth. As a residential counselor, Scott developed relationships with and counselled hundreds of children, most of whom had already become involved with the juvenile justice system. Scott’s passion to help children led him to not-for-profit agency in Philadelphia where he served as a case manager, working together with the families of children who were socially or emotionally troubled. Scott ensured that these children received the necessary services from therapists, school personnel, and mental health professionals. While attending Cornell University, Scott worked as an after-school counselor at two public elementary schools in Ithaca, New York. While growing up in Roselle, New Jersey, Scott volunteered his time as a referee and coach in local youth basketball and baseball leagues.
Union County juvenile defense lawyer Scott Gorman routinely helps parents who are coping with the extreme anxiety that comes from having a child who has been charged with a juvenile offense. Fortunately, most young people who are accused of having committed a criminal offense are processed through a system that exalts rehabilitation over punishment. Nevertheless, there are still some cases where juveniles can face serious repercussions. Typically, if a juvenile has been found to have committed offenses that would have resulted in criminal convictions for adults, they are adjudicated as a delinquent. Although an adjudication of delinquency is not a criminal conviction, following such an adjudication, a judge can order that the juvenile spend time at a juvenile detention center or a judge can impose other conditions such as fines, probationor participation in certain treatment programs. In some instances, juveniles who have had previous encounters with the law may have their matters transferred out of the family court and into a criminal court where they face the same consequences as adult offenders.
Most of the constitutional protections that apply to adult defendants are enjoyed by juveniles. Like adult criminal defendants, juveniles are entitled to notice of the charges against them, along with the right to confront their accusers, the right to remain silent, and the right to be represented by an attorney. Some notable difference are that in family court, juveniles are neither entitled to a jury trial nor are they entitled to an indictment before their matters proceed to trial, and they do not have the right to bail.
If your child or a loved one has been charged as a juvenile, call Union County juvenile defense lawyer Scott Gorman today. Scott has an impressive history of helping juveniles avoid the serious consequences that can result from an adjudication of delinquency. As your child’s attorney, he will take the time to get to know your child, and he will work with your family to identify the child’s needs. He will use that information to determine how to most effectively portray your child in a positive light to obtain a favorable resolution that will minimize the long-term negative consequences. Scott possesses the talent, experience, and skill to aggressively defend against the allegations made against your loved one.