Serving the criminal defense needs of the community since 1978
The firm has been included by U.S. News and World Report in their "Best Lawyers" and "Best Law Firms" issues, in the practice areas of "Criminal Defense - White Collar" and "Criminal Defense - Non-White Collar." For 2012, Best Lawyers named Mr. Benedict "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Criminal Defense - Non-White Collar. The same publication named Mr. Altman "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Criminal Defense - White Collar. All of the lawyers at Benedict and Altman are trial lawyers. Mr. Benedict and Mr. Altman have each tried innumerable criminal cases as prosecutors early in their careers, and as defense attorneys ever since. The firm represents clients who have been accused of any conceivable criminal offense. The firm also represents individuals in quasi-criminal proceedings such as driving while intoxicated and related traffic matters, and restraining order hearings pursuant to the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act.
It is not uncommon for people who are certain of their innocence of all charges levied against them to assume they can offer an explanation that will free them from all charges. With the understanding that the accused is innocent until proven guilty, individuals may believe that their innocence guarantees that proof of their guilt […]
Entrapment is a defense raised in criminal cases when the police induce the accused to commit a crime that he or she otherwise would not commit. A valid entrapment defense has two components: governmental inducement to commit the offense; and absence of the defendant’s predisposition to commit the crime. The defendant has the initial burden […]
The Miranda doctrine requires the police to warn an accused that he or she has a right to remain silent, that any statement he or she makes can be used as evidence against him or her, that he or she has a right to the presence of an attorney during questioning, and if the accused […]
A defendant may defend his or her own case, but retaining an experienced NJ criminal defense attorney can be invaluable, particularly when the case involves more than a minor infraction. Criminal defense law can be confusing, and the state usually is well prepared to prosecute its cases. Besides simply presenting a defense, criminal defense lawyers […]
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