Stages of a Violent Crimes Case
New Jersey Violent Crimes Attorney
Union County Murder Lawyer
Being charged with a violent crime such as murder, weapons offenses or sexual assault is very serious and very scary. If you have never been arrested before, you may have no idea what to expect from the police or in criminal court. Conviction may carry heavy penalties.
For seasoned criminal defense, contact the law firm of Anthony N. Palumbo in Elizabeth and Cranford, New Jersey. We serve clients throughout Union County and on the Jersey shore.
I am attorney Anthony N. Palumbo. I have been aggressively defending clients against rape and aggravated assault charges for more than 35 years. Before going into private practice, I served as the Union County prosecutor and Cranford municipal prosecutor.
Knowing both sides of a case gives me an advantage in defending clients — an advantage that is yours beginning with the initial consultation. Call toll-free 1-866-664-8118 without delay. The sooner we start, the sooner your rights and your freedom can be protected.
Stages of a Violent Crimes Case
A criminal case starts with a police investigation. Many people do not know that you have the right to have a lawyer present during police questioning. If the police believe they have “probable cause”, they can arrest you. Police may gather circumstantial evidence, talk to witnesses or rely on police observation for evidence of violent crimes.
If you are arrested and booked, you will be searched, fingerprinted and photographed. The best advice I can give you is to be courteous and not fight the arrest. If the arrest does prove to be illegal, we can fight the charges later in court.
Bail may be set right away or there may be a bail hearing. I recommend having an experienced violent crimes defense lawyer present at the hearing to protect your interests.
Before the trial, I review all the evidence and pay careful attention to the police report to make sure your arrest was legal. Then I build your defense based on sound legal strategy.
I pursue reduced or dismissed charges or a plea bargain, depending on the circumstances of your case. I am fully prepared to take your case to trial, and will fight hard on your behalf.
Crimes involving violence are among the most serious under New Jersey criminal law. These crimes include:
- Obstruction Offenses
- Murder, homicide and manslaughter: If you are accused of killing someone, the seriousness of the charge will depend on precisely what you are accused of doing. I defend people against charges ranging from first-degree murder to vehicular manslaughter.
- Robbery and armed robbery: Robbery is the use of force or the threat of force to steal money or property. Armed robbery involves the use of a weapon. Specific types of robbery include carjacking and mugging.
- Violent sex offenses: Sexual contact can lead to criminal charges if you are accused of using force or the threat of force. Common charges include rape, date rape and sexual assault.
- Weapons offenses: Many offenses become more serious if a weapon is involved, including aggravated assault with a weapon and armed robbery.
- Aggravated assault
- Assault/Theft crimes
- Disorderly conduct
- Resisting arrest/Eluding an Officer
- Obstructing justice