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Protecting Your Rights

Criminal charges of any kind can have a profound range of effects on an individual. It is important that you have an experienced attorney at your side who can help you understand your rights while setting clear expectations about the potential results of your case.

At Bastarrika, Soto, Gonzalez & Somohano, L.L.P., our lawyers have ample experience, not only defending those who have been charged with a range of crimes but we are also respected by former state and municipal prosecutors and public defenders. Having worked on these cases from every angle gives us an edge that allows us to fully explore your options and aggressively defend your rights. We also have experienced immigration law attorneys on staff who will assist in advising on the potential immigration consequences of any guilty plea or sentence.

Defending Against A Range Of Charges

We work with individuals throughout New Jersey and the five boroughs of New York City who have been charged with the following:

  • Drug crimes
  • Sexual assault crimes
  • Expungements
  • DWI
  • Sex crimes, including internet crimes and child pornography
  • Assault crimes
  • Theft crimes
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Homicide
  • White collar crimes
  • Weapons and gun crimes
  • Arson

We understand that there is a human being behind that criminal charge. Our firm is determined to show the courts your contributions to society. Our lawyers build strong cases for our clients for the best possible outcome, no matter how complex or overwhelming it may seem.

If you are not a citizen of the United States, a criminal charge may affect your ability to stay in this country. No matter what your immigration status is, it is important to hire an experienced criminal immigration lawyer to advise you of the immigration consequences of your criminal charge.

Can I Still Hire An Attorney If I Accepted A Public Defender?

Yes, you can still hire a private defense lawyer even if you have already accepted the services of a public defender. However, it is vital that you take that step early on in your case. If you decide to trust us with your criminal defense, we will help you with the substitution of counsel process.

Should I Take My Plea Deal?

A plea deal allows a defendant to accept a criminal conviction and sentence instead of going through a full criminal trial. Depending on your circumstances, accepting a plea deal could be beneficial, such as being offered a lesser sentence. However, you should never accept a plea deal without first speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney to thoroughly understand your legal options and the consequences of each decision.

When Should I Hire A Criminal Defense Lawyer?

You should hire a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest or learning about charges against you. We can help you through every step of your case, from representing you in interviews with law enforcement to preparing for hearings or a trial. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better chance you have of obtaining a favorable outcome in your case.

Bail/Pretrial Detention

The New Jersey criminal justice system recently implemented bail reform. This is the single largest change in New Jersey’s criminal law in the last 20 years. This change specifically affects those who have been arrested, and if and how they are going to be released.

As a result of bail reform, a criminal defendant must now be evaluated by the criminal division and a report is formulated. This report will contain a defendant’s PSA score. Based on the score, the prosecutors will either move for detention or they will release you with conditions. If you are held for detention, a hearing will be conducted within a couple of days to determine if the court can release the defendant with conditions, or if they will be held throughout the pendency of the case in the county jail without bail.

We have handled numerous detention hearings since the new law was implemented, and have successfully navigated the minefield that this new process has presented. An individual facing criminal charges should not attempt to handle this process on their own under any circumstance. Please give us a call at 973-370-0997 so that we can guide you through this process and get you home.

Contact Bastarrika, Soto, Gonzalez & Somohano, L.L.P.

To learn more about how our Bergen County and Passaic County criminal defense attorneys can help, call 973-370-0997 or email us. We offer Free Consultations on all criminal matters.