Criminal Defense

Fighting for criminal defendants since 1975

Are drug charges or a DUI/DWI jeopardizing your future? Are you a minor facing a juvenile crime conviction? Criminal charges are serious. Penalties can include stiff fines and even imprisonment. A criminal conviction can ruin your reputation and make it difficult to find employment. You need aggressive representation to keep criminal charges from casting a shadow over the rest of your life.

At D'Alessandro & D'Alessandro, LLC, our criminal defense attorneys safeguard the rights and interests of clients facing criminal charges. With our in-depth knowledge of the New Jersey municipal court system, we can mount a vigorous defense on your behalf, working to get charges reduced or dismissed altogether.

DUI/DWI

Driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.08 is a criminal offense in New Jersey. The exact penalties depend on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and whether you have a previous history of drunk driving. However, all DWI convictions in New Jersey result in court costs, fines and license suspension. Your auto insurance premiums are likely to go up. You may lose your job. And there is a possibility of jail time even if it is your first offense.

Our attorneys represent people facing DWI charges for the first time and those with multiple convictions. We also handle special circumstances such as underage DUI charges and breathalyzer refusals. New Jersey does not distinguish between DWI (driving while intoxicated) and DUI (driving under the influence)-both are considered crimes if the BAC is above the legal limit.

Drug charges

In New Jersey, the penalties for drug possession vary greatly depending on the type and amount of drug. Still, getting arrested with even a small quantity of drugs can lead to harsh consequences. For example, a person arrested with less than 50 grams of marijuana is subject to a fine of up to $1.000 and a jail sentence of up to six months. A conviction for possession of any amount of narcotics such as cocaine or heroin can result in a $35,000 fine and a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison.

Our lawyers provide aggressive representation when you are charged with a drug crime. We are especially known for our defense of those who face charges for drugs found in a motor vehicle.

Traffic violations

Any traffic violation should be taken seriously. Even a minor infraction can have significant consequences in New Jersey. For example, if you are charged with driving only one mile per hour over the speed limit, you face an $81 fine and two points on your driver's license. More severe violations, such as DWI, can result in the suspension or loss of driving privileges and jail time. Our attorneys can help you fight the charges when you are cited for all types of traffic violations.

Juvenile crimes

New Jersey refers juvenile crimes as delinquencies, and a person under the age of 18 found to have committed a crime is called an adjudicated delinquent. But do not be misled by this seemingly non-criminal language. An adjudicated delinquent may, under certain circumstances, be held in a secure detention facility until the case is resolved. Also, a juvenile may be tried as an adult at the court's discretion and is then subject to adult penalties. Our lawyers pursue court diversion procedures to keep your child out of lockup when charged with underage drinking, driving without a license, drug possession or other juvenile crimes.

Contact a knowledgeable Basking Ridge and Bernardsville criminal attorney

If you or a family member is dealing with criminal charges in northern or central New Jersey, we can help. We offer flexible hours, accept credit cards and are conveniently located near the center of Basking Ridge with easy access to and from Route 78 and Route 287.

To contact an attorney at D'Alessandro & D'Alessandro, LLC, call 908-340-6459.