What Types of Charges Require a Criminal Defense Attorney?

The Law Office of Mark A. Bernstein has been defending clients who have been charged with a criminal defense for more than 20 years. We have experience tackling a wide variety of criminal cases such as theft, drugs and assault charges. If you are charged with a crime, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Defense attorney Mark A. Bernstein will aggressively fight for your rights to ensure that your case is dismissed or the charges are reduced.

Theft or shoplifting charges are very commonly prosecuted in New Jersey. State law characterizes six specific acts as shoplifting that include taking merchandise, hiding merchandise with intent to steal, as well as altering price tags or under-ringing merchandise. You don’t even have to leave the store to be charged with theft.

Depending on the severity of your drug charge, you can face costly fines along with jail time. There are several types of drug offenses in New Jersey including selling drugs or intent to sell, drug or drug paraphernalia possession and drug trafficking. You’ll be charged with a drug crime if you are in illegal possession of methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, prescription drugs, marijuana or any other controlled substance. These charges will go on your record and make it difficult to apply for schools and jobs.

New Jersey law qualifies an assault charge as a violent crime, which comes with serious consequences, depending on the grade of the crime. A simple offense is characterized as a misdemeanor disorderly persons offense, making it easier to avoid trouble if the case isn’t aggravated. Aggravated assault, on the other hand, includes domestic violence, vehicular assault, or even just a bar fight. The severity of the charge depends on the use of a weapon and the severity of the other person’s injury. Your charge can be upgraded from a simple assault to a second-degree aggravated assault if you used a weapon or seriously injured the other person.

If you are facing a criminal charge, contact the Law Office of Mark A. Bernstein as soon as possible. We will put together a defense that will dismiss your charges or reduce the penalties.

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