Criminal Law Attorney

Experienced Criminal Lawyers Who Will Fight for You

The first rule of criminal law litigation is that every person is assumed innocent until proven guilty, beyond reasonable doubt. At Zapicchi & Liller, we have successfully handled a vast array of client cases, from indictable felony crimes in Superior state courts to misdemeanors and disorderly persons cases in Municipal courts.

If you or someone you love has been accused and charged with any criminal offense in Bordentown NJ, or Hamilton Township, NJ, the most important initial step that you must take is to retain the services of a reputable, experienced and widely knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer - just like you would a traffic lawyer for moving violations. Our attorneys will spare no effort to aggressively and firmly advocate for your rights and best interests from the beginning to the end.

Our approach is aggressive and firm, ensuring that you end up with the best possible result in Burlington County, NJ, Mercer County, NJ, and Monmouth County, NJ. Quick decisive action on your part could be the difference between a well-crafted, winning strategy and a sloppy, ill-prepared time-barred defense.
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What is a Felony?

Criminal law charges are divided into petty disorderly persons offenses, disorderly persons offenses and indictable crimes (felonies in other states). Indictable crimes are those whose sentences carry at least one-year prison term. The former two are like misdemeanors in other states.

NJ law groups indictable crimes into four degrees. The term ‘indictable’ implies that a grand jury must be convened to review the facts of the case and hence decide whether sufficient evidence exists to support formal charges. The four degrees of law are as follows:

* First degree crimes – rape, manslaughter and murder
* Second degree crimes – aggravated arson, sex crimes, drug crimes, white collar crimes, kidnapping and burglary
* Third degree crimes – possession of controlled, dangerous substances, some DUI/DWI offenses, arson and certain robbery offenses
* Fourth degree crimes – certain robbery offenses, certain DUI/DWI offenses, forgery, stalking

Some crimes move up the scale if they are repeat offenses. For example, stalking as a first-time offense is 4th degree, but a second conviction against that same victim moves to 3rd degree.

Criminal Charges

Criminal Charges and Penalties

Given the many classes and types of criminal offenses, there are a variety of penalties and charges which can be imposed. The penalty for a given crime is also dependent on factors other than the crime. For example, a non-citizen of the United States risks deportation on conviction for a petty disorderly persons offense. Convictions can also prevent you from attaining U.S. citizenship.

Other criminal offenses have different penalties depending on the particular merits of each case. At Zapicchi & Liller, we have successfully litigated a number of criminal offenses in Mercer County, NJ, Monmouth County, NJ, and Burlington County, NJ, which include: 

  • arson

  • assault

  • aggravated assault

  • disorderly conduct

  • furnishing alcohol to a minor

  • insurance fraud

  • bad checks

  • drug charges

  • burglary

  • juvenile crimes

  • identity theft

  • shoplifting

  • obstruction of justice

  • receiving/handling stolen property

  • resisting arrest

  • weapon possession   

Felony Crimes

Criminal Law Process

We recommend that you visit our offices near Bordentown, NJ, and Hamilton Township, NJ, for a consultation and speak to our criminal defense attorneys prior to your first appearance in court. Our dedicated attorneys will sit with you to carefully review all evidence in which the State bases its case on to ensure that your rights were not violated, filing motions to suppress evidence in a manner that violated your rights.

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