Criminal defense is the area of law that deals with representing individuals who have been accused of committing offenses against society.

In order to be convicted of a crime, the prosecution must prove the defendant is “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.” When a person is charged with a crime it will be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

Misdemeanor crimes are less serious criminal offenses that typically result in probation, community service, fines not usually exceeding $1,000 and short jail sentences of no longer than one year. Common types of misdemeanor crimes, often referred to as “disorderly persons offenses” include DUI/DWI, vandalism, petty theft, trespassing, traffic violations, simple assault, minor drug possession and probations violations.

Felony crimes are drastically more serious crimes that are typically punishable by no less than one year in a state prison, steep fines, probation, lifetime registration as an offender (depending on the crime) and even the death penalty in certain cases. Common types of felony crimes include murder, rape, terrorist acts, grand theft, arson, kidnapping, burglary, major drug crimes, white-collar crimes, sex crimes and violent crimes.

If you have been charged with any of these crimes, you need an attorney on your side who is familiar with the criminal defense laws and court systems. If convicted, you may face a variety of life-altering penalties and may suffer from a damaged reputation, strained personal relationships, and backlash from the community. The attorneys at SSW Law Group are dedicated to building strong and effective defenses so that their clients are not subjected to harsh legal penalties. The attorneys are competent trial attorneys who are able to present compelling arguments before the judge and juries, which may lead to a dismissal or acquittal, particularly if they seek outside help and are committed to change. Further, in cases where a trial may not be in the best interest of the client, the attorneys are experienced in negotiating with the prosecution to try and get their clients’ charges reduced. Most importantly, SSW Law Group is committed to protecting its clients’ rights and making sure they are not unjustly convicted of a crime.

If you are in need of a New Jersey criminal defense attorney or a New York Criminal Defense Attorney, call us today.

About the Firm

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SSW Law Group represents many of the premier companies, municipalities and business interests in the region. The firm’s commitment is to provide its clients with the highest standards of excellence and service. We achieve this by offering access to SSW principals/partners who are seasoned professionals with deep expertise in our practice areas.  Unlike today’s “mega” firms, SSW Law Group is large enough to provide a full range of expertise, yet agile enough to service business clients in a personal, relationship-focused manner. The firm’s culture is based on providing excellent communication and service to its clients, and we understand that we’re truly defined by the quality of our client relationships.

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SSW Law Group is the result of a long-term vision of the founders to create a law firm that would not only provide excellent legal service to the business community, but which would also be a vital part of the political and business community structure - at the State and local levels. This reach differentiates our firm’s capabilities and culture. Our attorneys are deeply engaged in the business, community and nonprofit arenas. They are civically-minded and business savvy. This is true throughout New Jersey, New York and the Northeast. This experience makes SSW Law Group the right choice for any company or municipality in need of a law firm with strong connections, feet on the street and relevant experience.