Lawyer for Harassment Cases
Harassment under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4 covers a wide range of possible allegations, and is often used when someone believes your behavior was deliberately annoying or alarming to them. Usually it is a private citizen, not the police, who make this claim.
Although you might think it is trivial, if you have been charged with the crime of harassment, you must remember this it is a crime, and if found guilty you will have a criminal record. Any criminal charge must be taken seriously, and you should look to hire an experienced attorney immediately in order to preserve your legal defenses as well as have the opportunity to enter into a possible plea bargain with the State of New Jersey.
Often I advise my clients to file a cross complaint charging the other party also with harassment, but this needs to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
In defending a harassment case, the objective is to find a way to get the State to dismiss your matter. Depending on what occurred, and what evidence exists, I have found success in having these cases dismissed through:
- Matter held in abeyance then dismissed
- Conditional dismissal
- Mutual dismissal after cross complaints are filed
- Court ordered mediation
Once you retain my legal services, I immediately contact the Court and enter a Not Guilty plea in writing on your behalf, as well as request all of the discovery (evidence) the State of New Jersey has against you. I then seek a postponement of your Court date until all of this evidence has been sent to my office and reviewed. Remember, the State must always be able to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Criminal charges can have very serious long-term consequences on your life, and you need to take equally serious steps to defend yourself properly in Court. For all clients I represent, I will take the following approach:
- Investigation- I will order and review all discovery from the State, and determine how strong the State’s case is against you. Also, in Harassment Cases, we must determine if you need to file a cross complaint charging your accuser with Harassment if appropriate.
- Analysis- After review of the discovery, I will discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and make recommendations on whether it is in your best interests that I enter into plea bargain negotiations with the Prosecutor, or take your case to trial.
- Resolution- If it is determined that it is in your best interest to resolve your matter through a plea bargain, I will look to accomplish the following:
- Determine if your matter qualifies for dismissal
- Avoid jail time
- Seek to downgrade your offense to a lesser charge (possibly keeping it off your record)
- Lower your fines
All matters I accept are on a reasonable flat fee basis. We accept all major credit /debit cards, and payment plans are available. I offer a free consultation either by phone or in my office. Feel free to call me now at: (973) 686-9787
I have been admitted to practice law since 1991, and offer experienced legal assistance to help in your matter.