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When authorities charge you with a crime, it’s common practice to hire a criminal lawyer. It is usually the best thing you can do for yourself when facing criminal charges. You don’t want to hire just anyone; you want an experienced criminal lawyer. The right lawyer, armed with knowledge and experience, will help you face the legal challenges that come with criminal charges. For this reason, you want to make sure to find the lawyer that is right for you and your case.

Why You Need A Criminal Lawyer

If you are seeking a divorce or filing for bankruptcy, you need a specialized attorney. The same is true when dealing with criminal charges. You want a criminal lawyer that specializes in the criminal law. When charged with a crime it’s almost always best to hire a criminal lawyer rather than to try and represent yourself. The procedures and penalties of criminal cases can be difficult to understand without an experienced lawyer there to help you through the process.

It’s also possible that you may face additional charges or fines for not following policies properly. You cannot expect to understand criminal law by simply doing online research. Criminal lawyers spend years in school learning about the legal rules and regulations.

Misdemeanor Charges That May Require a Criminal Lawyer

Misdemeanor offenses that in New Jersey we call disorderly persons offenses are very common and typically don’t carry the penalty of prison time. However, they still have the power to affect your future. Even if your charge is a misdemeanor (disorderly person), you should at least consult with an experienced criminal lawyer. Here are the misdemeanors that may require the assistance of a criminal lawyer:

  • Theft/shoplifting
  • Public intoxication
  • Prostitution
  • Simple assault
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Trespassing
  • Vandalism
  • Possession of certain drugs

Felony Charges That May Require a Criminal Lawyer

Felony charges which in New Jersey we call indictable crimes are more serious than misdemeanors and carry significant consequences such as prison time or probation. If you are charged and convicted of a felony, you may have trouble finding jobs or housing opportunities in the future. You should hire a criminal lawyer immediately if your charge involves any of the following felonies:

  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Treason
  • Battery or aggravated assault
  • Arson
  • Robbery
  • Fraud
  • Drug distribution
  • Grand larceny
  • Possession of certain drugs

Petty Offenses and Municipal Charges

Municipal ordinances are often considered minor because they don’t result in jail or prison time.  When individuals face these types of charges, it’s not common for them to seek out the help of an attorney. However, if you want the best possible outcome or to beat the charge, a criminal lawyer can help you. Even though the penalties are less severe than misdemeanors and felonies, you can still consult with an experienced lawyer.

Plea Bargains

When it comes to plea bargains, an experienced criminal lawyer is beneficial. Because of their knowledge, they can negotiate terms of a bargain with the prosecutor on your behalf. For instance, you could end up with a reduced sentence. Additionally, an experienced criminal lawyer could negotiate a lesser charge against you. Most importantly, they can advise you on matters but only you can decide whether you should plead guilty or not guilty.

When facing criminal charges, it’s a good idea to hire an experienced lawyer. A criminal lawyer can help you throughout the legal process and negotiate the terms of your sentence. Furthermore, they can help reduce your charges. If you have more questions about criminal charges that require legal assistance, you should contact Leon Matchin by emailing him at  [email protected] or calling him at (833) 732-7320.