Drug Possession, Criminal Charges, Shoplifting, Expungements
Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester, Salem, Monmouth County New Jersey, Criminal Defense Lawyers defending clients in both Superior (indictable – felony) and Municipal Court (disorderly persons – misdemeanor) matters.
At the Law Office of Steven A. Traub in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we recognize that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If you or someone close to you has been charged with a crime, you deserve a criminal defense lawyer who will firmly advocate on your behalf every step of the way. We aggressively defend all criminal charges. We are ready to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are accused of a crime or are being investigated by the police, it is important that you act quickly. We have been very successful in preventing criminal charges from turning into formal indictments, and we have been able to convince prosecuters to dismiss charges or reduce serious felony charges to minor disorderly persons charges.
If you are not a citizen of the United States, a criminal conviction, even for a minor disorderly person offense, could result in deportation, or you not being allowed to return to the United States if you leave voluntarily. A conviction could also prevent you from becomming a U.S. citizen. It is extremely important that you consult with an lawyer from the Law Office of Steven A. Traub before you go to court.
Contact us today for a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. We represent individuals, adults and juveniles, who are under investigation or have been charged with the following felony (indictable) or misdemeanor (disorderly persons) criminal law offenses:
- Aggravated Assault
- Threats to Kill
- Possession of weapons
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Sexual assault
- Rape and date rape
- Drug charges Manufacture, Distribution, Possession – marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine
- Juvenile crimes
- Domestic violence
- Bad checks
- Credit Card Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Child Pornography
- Resisting Arrest
- Obstructing Police
- Criminal Mischief
- Meghan’s Law
If you have been charged with a crime, it is important that you speak with a qualified lawyer as soon as possible. If you have been charged with a felony, we recommend that you speak us prior to your first court appearance. We will advise you of all of the options available to you as your matter begins to wind its way through the criminal justice system.
We will sit down with you, listen to the facts, review police reports, and advise you of the defenses you may have. We will also make sure that your constitutional rights were not violated. We will advocate relentlessly on your behalf, filing necessary motions to suppress the evidence when appropriate.
We will also advise you if the various diversionary programs that may be available to you, such as Pre-Trial Intervention, Conditional Discharge, and Drug Court. We will also explain the plea bargaining process. Very often, early discussions with the county prosecutor can lead to dismissals or reduced charges.
If you are on probation or parole, we can represent you at violation hearings and help you to avoid incarceration.
We can also assist you in petitioning for the removal of criminal arrests and convictions from your record through the Expungement Process.If you are facing a criminal charge, do not wait. Speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. We will work hard from the very beginning to ensure your rights are protected and your best interests are represented. ContactThe Law Office of Steven A. Traub today for a free consultation and case evaluation with a committed criminal defense lawyer. Payment Plans are available.
Drug Possession Lawyer
From meth manufacturing to felony cocaine possession to trafficking of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, or other controlled substances, drug crimes carry stiff penalties in New Jersey and federal courts. In New Jersey, many second offenders must serve prison time if convicted. Drug convictions also require that the judge suspend a defendant’s driving privileges for at least 6 months and up to 2 years. If you are facing criminal drug charges, please call our lawyer, or contact us online now. Our lawyers can help minimize the penalties pending against you.
Our drug possession lawyers are prepared to represent individuals against drug and narcotics charges, including:
- Illegal drug cultivation, manufacturing methamphetamine, operating a meth lab
- Illegal possession of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, ecstasy,methamphetamine, steroids, and other controlled substances
- Drug sale or distribution, drug possession with intent to distribute
- Forging prescriptions, prescription drug fraud, illegal possession or sale of prescription drugs or controlled substances
As your defense lawyers, we will listen to your concerns, consider your point of view and the facts before we advise you of your legal options. We will work hard to obtain the best possible outcome in your criminal case whether that involves: convincing the prosecutor or court to dismiss or reduce the charges against you; moving the court to dismiss evidence obtained illegally (motion to suppress); negotiating a plea bargain when appropriate; advocating for admission to the Pre-Trial Intervention Program, Conditional Discharge (available in the municipal courts), or the Drug Court Program, or taking your case to trial before a jury when necessary. We pledge to tenaciously advocate on your behalf, leaving nothing to chance.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) allows the government to seize property or assets believed to be acquired during any activity related to illegal drugs. As a civil forfeiture matter, they can seize property before you are convicted of drug charges, or if you are acquitted. If your property was seized, we can help fight the forfeiture action and help you secure the return of some and possibly all of your property.
Imagine that you are applying for a new job. Your prospects look bright – you have achieved academic success and personal satisfaction. You attend an interview for a position and are filing out the application form until something on the page stops you. This job requires a clean criminal record. Your mind races back to that time in college when you were arrested for shoplifting or drug possession. While today your life is productive and free of the reckless behaviors of adolescence, your past may still haunt you, marring your future.
In today’s word, most jobs, whether specialized, those in home health care or those that require a commercial driver’s license, often require a clean criminal record. Even though you have committed no crime in recent years, the presence of a past conviction on your criminal records can have a debilitating effect on your job prospects. Perhaps you feel your past will continue to haunt you and limit your career prospects. Fortunately, New Jersey state law allows people to expunge a felony criminal record that is over 10 years old; a disorderly person criminal record that is over five years old; and a municipal ordinance violation that is over two years old. With anexpungement, you can confidently tell a prospective employer that your record is clean, and their background check will confirm this.
We work with clients who wish to make a fresh start, helping to file an expungement petition with the court. Having assisted numerous clients in this way, we understand the procedures involved and the issues that can potentially complicate matters. If you have multiple offenses on your record, the process becomes more complex. In addition, there are crimes that simply cannot be expunged from a criminal record.
You should be aware that even in cases where you were found not guilty or where the charges were dismissed, a criminal background check will reveal a record of your arrest. These records should be expunged, and a petition for expungement can be filed as soon as the case as the dismissal or not guilty finding is entered. However, for cases resulting in dismissal as a result of the successful completion of pre-trial intervention, or a period of supervisory treatment (conditional discharge), a petition of expungement can be filed six months after the dismissal.
The expungement process takes anywhere from three to six months to complete. A court appearance is only required if a party, like the Attorney General, Chief of Police, Superintendant of the State Police, objects to theexpungement. While objections to expungement petitions do happen, they are extremely rare.
When you meet with us to discuss your case, we will give you a candid assessment, and where permissible by New Jersey Statute, help you expunge your records so you will be able to honestly say that you have never been arrested or convicted of a crime.
Shoplifting is a theft crime that occurs when an individual takes goods or products from a store or retailer with no intention of paying for the items. In the state of New Jersey, shoplifting is considered an indictable offense (felony) if the value of the merchandise exceeds $200.00. When the value is under $200.00, shoplifting is a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor). If you have been charged with shoplifting in New Jersey, you should never take your charges lightly as you could have to pay fines, do community service or be placed on probation if you are convicted. A third or subsequent conviction, even if the amount is under $200.00 requires a mandatory jail sentence of ninety (90) days. If you have been charged with shoplifting, contact the Law Office of Steven A. Traub. Our attorneys are experienced shoplifting defense lawyer who will provide you with a vigorous defense, safeguard your rights, and protect your future.
A person is guilty of assault if he:
(1) Attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
(2) Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
(3) Attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
Simple assault is a disorderly persons offense unless committed in a fight or scuffle entered into by mutual consent, in which case it is a petty disorderly persons offense.
A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he:
(1) Attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury purposely or knowingly or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life recklessly causes such injury; or
(2) Attempts to cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
(3) Recklessly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or
(4) Knowingly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life points a firearm, as defined in section 2C:39-1f., at or in the direction of another, whether or not the actor believes it to be loaded
Areas of Practice
We represent clients in all of the 500 plus Municipal Courts and all twenty one county Superior Courts in New Jersey. We specialize in the following areas of law:
speeding, careless and reckless driving, illegal passing, suspended, etc.
MVC Hearings and Appeals
You’re not alone with the Motor Vehicle Commission
any crime committed by a person less than eighteen years of age
dui, dwi, refusal
Leave the past behind you.
Minor Criminal Offenses
misdemeanor or disorderly persons offenses including shoplifting, possession of marijuana, theft, harassment, simple assault, bad checks and violations of municipal ordinances.
Serious Criminal Felony Offenses
sexual offenses, aggravated assault, weapons possession, resisting arrest, burglary, theft, drug possession and distribution, etc.