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 former state and municipal prosecutors and public defenders. Having worked on these cases at 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
- Sex crimes, including internet crimes and child pornography
- Assault crimes
- Theft crimes
- White collar crimes
- Weapons and gun crimes
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 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.
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 or 201-212-4572 so that we can guide you through this process and get you home.