Criminal Defense Lawyer for Out of State Residents in NJ
Getting charged with a crime in New Jersey means that you need to face the charges in court in New Jersey. Each county in the state has the power to enforce NJ state laws, and local courthouses have jurisdiction over laws committed in their area. That means that if you commit a crime in Atlantic County, you will have to face the charges in the Atlantic County Courthouse, even if you live in another state.
If you are an out of state resident who was charged with a crime in New Jersey, contact a New Jersey criminal defense attorney today. The Law Offices of John J. Zarych’s criminal defense lawyers for out of state residents offer free legal consultations to help you understand your charges and why you should hire a local lawyer to handle your case. To schedule your free consultation, call our law offices today at (609) 616-4956.
Can You Hire an Out of State Lawyer in New Jersey?
It is important that you look at your lawyer’s qualifications and credentials before hiring them to represent you on your criminal charges. Every state independently certifies attorneys, and if a lawyer is not certified to practice in that state, they cannot represent clients before a court. If you are from Pennsylvania or New York – or any other state – you may not hire an attorney at home to represent you in New Jersey unless they are also certified to practice in NJ.
The criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of John J. Zarych are practicing attorneys in New Jersey that are certified to handle criminal cases in both state and federal court. If you were charged with a crime in NJ, our lawyers may be able to take your case and represent you before a court even if you live in another state.
Should I Hire a Lawyer in New Jersey for Charges While on Vacation?
If you were charged with a crime while you were visiting the Jersey Shore, Atlantic City, or anywhere else in New Jersey, your criminal case must be addressed in New Jersey, and any potential penalties you face could be carried out there as well. That means that if you are sentenced to jail or prison time, you will have to serve that time in New Jersey. It is vital to hire an attorney to represent you to fight the charges and potentially avoid jail time.
New Jersey crimes are classified as either an “indictable crime” (similar to a felony) or a “disorderly persons offense” (similar to a misdemeanor). All of these crimes carry the potential of jail time with the lowest offense carrying up to 6 months in jail. More minor offenses, such as violations of local ordinances, may also carry jail time, typically up to 30 days.
Many people charged with crimes end up pleading guilty to the offense in order to accept reduced jail time or to avoid jail time. If you plead guilty to the offense, you may still face some jail time, high fines, and other consequences. It is important to talk to an attorney for guidance on your case and to avoid pleading guilty to a crime just to end the case quickly. With the added pressure of having to travel to address your charges, you may be tempted to simply plead guilty, but this may impact your freedoms and rights.
Common Charges in New Jersey
Some of the most commonly charged crimes in New Jersey are minor crimes. Still, these offenses can carry severe penalties including up to 6 months in jail and fines up to either $500 or $1,000. These minor criminal charges include crimes such as the following:
- Disorderly conduct
- Possession of a small amount of marijuana
More serious offenses can lead to increased jail time or other penalties such as a license suspension. Drunk driving charges, for instance, can lead to jail time and a suspended license. When your driving privileges are revoked in New Jersey, your home state will often suspend your drivers’ license as well. Other charges for sexual assault, aggravated assault, high-value theft, burglary, robbery, and other serious offenses can lead to multiple years of jail time and fines in the thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In Atlantic City, many people are arrested each year for crimes that take place in a casino. Our casino crime lawyers can represent you on charges like assault in a casino, theft from a casino, and other offenses committed on the casino floor or in a casino hotel.
Call Our New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer if You Were Charged While on Vacation
If you or a loved one was charged with a crime while visiting New Jersey, it is important to seek representation from a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer. The Law Offices of John J. Zarych’s criminal lawyers for out of state residents offer free consultations to people who live outside of New Jersey but need help with criminal charges in the Garden State. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact our law offices today at (609) 616-4956.