Ocean County NJ Criminal Defense Lawyers

Ocean County Criminal Defense Lawyers Fighting to Preserve Your Freedom

The attorneys at Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represent people in Toms River and the surrounding areas who have been charged with a wide variety of crimes. We are former prosecutors who have previously worked in more than half of the prosecutors’ offices in the county. Together, we have more than 100 years of combined legal experience, which we use to build a comprehensive defense for each person whom we represent. As long-time members of the Ocean County legal community, our criminal defense attorneys are proud to stand by clients throughout the criminal justice process, and we are committed to getting charges dropped or reduced whenever possible. We understand how prosecutors often approach these cases, and we know what judges and juries typically consider in weighing them. If you need a DWI attorney or representation in any other criminal matter, we are here to assist you.

Protecting Your Rights When Facing Prosecution in New Jersey

Whether it is a misdemeanor theft or a felony drug trafficking charge, a person accused of a crime faces serious potential consequences. These include the possibility of heavy fines and long stretches behind bars in some cases. A conviction also means a criminal record, which often carries a stigma and may make it hard for you to find or keep a job. This is another reason why it is vital that a person charged with or even suspected of a crime seek the advice and representation of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

It is important to understand that the burden of proof remains with the prosecution throughout any criminal case. Prosecutors and police need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime of which you are charged in order for you to be convicted. To get a conviction in an assault case, for example, prosecutors must convince a judge or jury that the person charged attempted to cause a bodily injury to another person or to use a physical menace to make the person fear such harm. They also usually need to show that the defendant committed the actions with a certain state of mind. If they cannot prove both the act and the mental state, they will not secure a conviction.

There are a number of legal defenses that may be available to a person charged with a crime in New Jersey. Some of them revolve around how the police gained the evidence to suspect the defendant of the crime and eventually charge them with it. If a police officer wants to pull over your car or stop you on the street for questioning, the officer needs to have a reasonable suspicion to believe that you were or are involved in a crime. If law enforcement wants to search your house, they generally need to have a warrant from a judge or probable cause to believe that there is evidence of a crime inside. Although the law allows certain exceptions to the general rule, including when police are in pursuit of a suspect, evidence obtained by officers who disregard constitutional requirements is likely to be excluded in court.

Discuss Your Charges with a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Ocean County

At Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our Ocean County criminal defense attorneys have a history of getting successful results for the people whom we represent. Our firm has been recognized for its skilled legal services with an Avvo ranking of 10.0. We have also been included among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, Best Attorneys in America, Top 10 Criminal Attorneys in NJ by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Ten Best by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, and the Ten Leaders in NJ Criminal Defense. Founding partner Jonathan Marshall has acted as a legal commentator for ABC, CNBC, and CN12. Mr. Marshall has also consulted on television shows like Law and Order, and he is consulted by news publications like the Star Ledger, USA Today, and Asbury Park Press. We are proud to represent people in communities such as Toms River, Lakewood Township, Jackson Township, Manchester Township, Brick Township, Berkeley Township, Barnegat Township, Lacey Township, and Little Egg Harbor. We are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week at (732) 286-6500. You can also contact us online to schedule a free appointment if you need a drug crime attorney or representation in another criminal matter in Ocean County.

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