New Jersey Violent Crime Defense Attorneys
If you or a family member has been arrested and charged with a violent crime, remember this: Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. And as much as the police or prosecutor might try to convince you otherwise (something they are very good at) – talking to them before you’ve had the chance to speak with an attorney is only going to help them at your expense.
Don’t Say Anything. Act Now to Protect Your Rights.
At Hagner & Zohlman, we are available to provide immediate, effective criminal defense representation to people who have been charged with violent crimes in South Jersey and the Philadelphia area. Our criminal defense practice draws from the over 50 years of combined trial experience our two partners possess, and is managed by former prosecutor John Zohlman.
Recognized by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as among the state’s ” Super Lawyers,” and as one of ” SJ’s Top Attorneys” by South Jersey Magazine – Mr. Zohlman will work closely with you, provide the critical information and answers you need to make informed decisions and personally represent you from start to finish.
New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA)
The NERA requires individuals who have been convicted of certain violent crimes to serve a minimum of 85 percent of their sentence before they can be released on parole. Specific violent crimes covered by this act, and by our practice, include:
- Aggravated assault
- Felony domestic violence offenses, including violations of both temporary and final restraining orders
- Weapons offenses
- Vehicular homicide or assault
- Sex crimes (sexual assault, child molestation, et al.)
- Murder, homicide and manslaughter charges
Achieving the Best Outcome Possible
As a firm, we are committed to protecting our clients’ constitutional rights and to shielding them from overly aggressive prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and the worst consequences that the criminal justice system has to offer.
We take each case on its own terms – carefully reviewing the facts, police reports and evidence that the state plans to use against you. If it appears that the state’s case against you is weak or that your constitutional rights were violated in some way, we will be aggressive in seeking to get the evidence suppressed, case dismissed, or the charges dropped. If avoiding conviction seems unlikely, we take a practical approach that focuses on obtaining a reduction of the charges and the most favorable sentencing terms.
We are always ready to take cases to trial whenever that makes sense for you.