Protecting Your Rights in Serious Criminal Matters
In all of New Jersey, the most serious types of crimes are not referred to as felonies, but are called “indictable offenses.” Under state statute, indictable crimes are those for which the penalties can be in excess of six months of incarceration and/or more than $1,000 in fines. To be charged with an indictable offense, a grand jury must determine that there is enough evidence to charge you with a specific crime.
If you are under investigation for an indictable offense, or if you have been arrested and charged with one, you want a strong, knowledgeable and experienced lawyer to protect your constitutional rights and liberty. We can help.
At the Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC, we have successfully protected the rights of criminal defendants in all of New Jersey for over 20 years. Though our primary goal is always to minimize the consequences of a criminal matter, we also understand the emotional challenges that come with an investigation or arrest. We strive to be available and accessible whenever you need to talk with us, and will carefully explain the law and legal process, as well as your rights and options, in plain English so that you know where you stand. We won’t leave you hanging. We will promptly return your calls and e-mails, keeping you fully informed of all developments in your case.
Our Representation When You Have Been Charged with an Indictable Offense
We provide comprehensive counsel to anyone under investigation for or charged with an indictable offense. We will immediately become your intermediary with police and prosecutors, and will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances of your case. We’ll interview witnesses and review police reports, looking carefully to determine whether police had probable cause to conduct a search or make an arrest, and we will verify that you were properly advised of your rights before answering any questions or talking with authorities.
We aggressively defend people charged with any type of indictable offense, including:
- Drug crimes, such as possession, distribution or trafficking, manufacturing or conspiracy
- Weapons offenses, such as illegal possession or use of firearms
- Violent crimes, from aggravated assault or homicide
- Theft offenses, from robbery or burglary, as well as receipt of stolen goods
- Computer crimes, including identity theft, cyber-stalking or pornography charges
- Juvenile offenses
We also handle probable cause hearings, probation or parole violation proceedings and bail reduction hearings.
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“I want to thank Mr. Portella for taking my case. What an amazing law office and attorney. He is very professional and got all of my charges dismissed. If I ever need an attorney again, Mr. Portella will be the one I call. Thank you again!”-A.M.