Being arrested and charged with a criminal offense is one of the most troubling events that can happen. People are often confused about their rights and uncertain of the consequences of any possible conviction.
The first rule is that you should not talk to the police or other law enforcement authorities about your case. Once you have been arrested and charged, the police cannot help you and will not. Even if you have not yet been charged but have only been called in for ‘questioning’ you must presume that the police are gathering evidence against you and will use their best efforts to have you incriminate yourself. If you or your loved one has been charged with a serious crime, you could be detained for 2 or 3 days while your crime is being investigated and until the court can determine whether you can be released. An experienced attorney will know how to shorten this process and gather important information which might make the difference between being released and awaiting disposition of your case in the county jail.
Rule No. 2 is that you should not talk to anyone about your case. Not your friends and not your family. You do not know who the prosecutor might call as a witness and casual or ambiguous statements might come back to haunt you. Even the smallest admission could affect the course of the case.
Rule No. 3 is that you should not go to court or meet with the police without an attorney. You will not be schooled as to the ins and outs of the criminal process. You will not know when the prosecutor is offering you his or her “best deal”. You will not be experienced in preserving and presenting evidence which could help you. You will need an aggressive criminal defense attorney who can defend you and obtain the best possible outcome.
The best results are usually obtained by attorneys who have great experience in trying criminal cases and negotiating with prosecutors. Al Gellene served five years as a New Jersey Public Defender and has practiced criminal law in private practice for over 30 years. He is a former municipal court prosecutor. He has participated as a defense attorney in more than 100 criminal trials in Federal Court, New Jersey state courts and municipal courts. He has tried and won cases charging homicide, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated and sexual assault, drug cases, charges of domestic violence and cases involving charges of driving while intoxicated. He is experienced in racketeering cases and so called “white collar crime”. He has successfully defended juvenile cases as well. He will pursue your defenses vigorously and will fight hard to protect your rights and your future.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, or believe that you are about to be charged, you should contact the law office of Al Gellene right away.
“You’re not alone when you trust me with your criminal justice case. I carefully examine the details of your situation in order to produce an in-depth defense. An experienced attorney knows how to catch discrepancies that are to your benefit. For example, did the arresting officer commit any procedural errors during your arrest? Are there favorable witnesses? Are there discrepancies in the State’s case? My law firm draws on all of the available resources to make the outcome of your case more favorable.”
-Al Gellene, Esq.