Criminal Law

Our criminal defense team consists of experienced trial attorneys who have appeared before federal, state, and administrative agencies in New York, New Jersey, and other jurisdictions.  Often the best defense consists of an active investigation from the point of being retained to effective accumulate evidence and formulate a defense that can mean the difference between being found guilty or innocent.

This February governor Murphy signed A1897, which removes all criminal and civil penalties for the private possession of up to six ounces of marijuana by adults, as well as the personal possession of up to 170 grams of hashish. It also decriminalizes all transactions involving the transfer of up to one ounce of cannabis, and […]

New Jersey Attorney General Grewal has directed municipal prosecutors to adjourn or dismiss low level marijuana possession cases. The directive does not apply to DUI charges in New Jersey. “Fairness demands that we suspend prosecution of marijuana possession-related cases while we await direction from the Legislature on the parameters for decriminalization of marijuana and legalization […]

Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal announced that people who violate the stay at home order will be subject to criminal prosecution. From disorderly persons offenses to fourth, third, and even second degree crimes, people who do not have a legitimate basis for being outside may be arrested and/or charged. If you or a loved […]

The New Jersey Supreme Court has issued an order to release certain types of inmates from correctional facilities effective immediately. The order, which goes into effect immediately, orders the release of inmates serving time as a result of a condition of probation or a municipal court offense. The order instructs the county jails to release […]

New Jersey is among the worst states in the country when it comes to civil forfeiture laws.  Many people incorrectly assume that civil forfeiture applies to only an accused or a criminal defendant’s property.  However, civil forfeiture can occur with any type of property which is simply allegedly tied to criminal activity.  The owner does […]

Before the New Jersey Supreme Court determined the procedures and applicability of a pre trial taint hearing in State of N.J. v. Michaels, there was no real legal authority for a defendant to rely upon. This kind of pre trial hearing is limited in aggravated sexual assault cases, and normally deals with the methods, types […]

Bail In The Federal Courts

The Bail Reform Act of 1984, as amended (“the Act”), Title 18, United States Code, Section 3141 et seq., governs the release and detention of federal criminal defendants before trial. The Act “establishes standards and procedures governing both the pretrial phase of a case, the period between conviction and sentencing, and the period during the […]