Criminal and Municipal Court Defense

The Criminal and Municipal Court Defense attorneys at Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas have decades of experience handling criminal and civil offenses at trial and appellate levels in state, federal, municipal and administrative courts. Our team is led by a Municipal Prosecutor with extensive trial experience, having successfully taken hundreds of cases to verdict.

If you are involved in a criminal or municipal court matter in New Jersey, we will advocate tirelessly and effectively for you, working quickly and discreetly to resolve your case, protect your rights, and limit your exposure. Our defense attorneys are available 24 hours a day, every day of the week to serve our clients and deliver the most effective defenses. Call us at 732-545-4717 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Criminal Defense

A criminal conviction is life-altering and may affect your livelihood, finances and freedom. While there are obvious immediate consequences, there are also long-term effects to consider. A criminal record can impact your ability to obtain or maintain a professional license, find a job, get a loan – or even rent an apartment. If you are not a citizen, it can jeopardize your immigration status.

From assault, harassment, domestic violence, and drug offenses to theft and white collar crimes, we have successfully represented clients in federal, state and local courts, both at trial and on appeal. We understand the complexities and nuances of litigating criminal cases and work to minimize the potential penalties our clients face. Our team also defends individuals and businesses in government inquiries, investigations and enforcement actions.

Some criminal offenses that we handle are:

  • Assaults
  • Bribery
  • Burglary and robbery
  • Computer and internet crimes
  • Contempt
  • Criminal mischief
  • Domestic violence, including temporary restraining orders
  • Drug offenses
  • Fraud 
  • Larceny
  • Preparing expungements
  • Theft
  • Weapons offenses
  • White collar crimes 

Municipal Court Defense

Attorneys at Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas also represent clients accused of motor vehicle offenses, including DWI and DUI charges. For an updated summary of penalties for DWI / DUI offenses from the NJ Department of Law & Public Safety, please click HERE. We understand both sides of matters, how prosecutors think, and which arguments will work. We evaluate the evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and prepare our clients for trial. Having prevailed in hundreds of municipal court cases, our team has a proven track record of delivering optimal results in and out of the courtroom.

Some motor vehicle-related cases that we handle are:

Our Approach and What to Expect

First, we perform extensive discovery of all relevant evidence and documents. Then, we meet with you to review and evaluate the evidence, discuss the allegations, and prepare you for court. We will initially try to secure a dismissal of the charges or negotiate a favorable plea when dismissal is not an option. Our goals are to help you avoid jail time and hefty fines and to expunge the record. If a trial becomes necessary, our experienced trial lawyers have what it takes to fight aggressively to limit your liability and protect your reputation, freedom, and future.

What to Do If You Are Charged with a Crime or Motor Vehicle Violation

Early, effective representation is critical to your defense. If you are under investigation, arrested or charged with a crime or you have been arrested for a motor vehicle-related violation, such as a DWI or DUI offense, you should seek experienced legal counsel immediately. Call us at 732-545-4717 to schedule your free initial consultation.