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A DUI (Driving Under the Influence) offense can have serious penalties and can involve hefty fines, loss of driving privileges and jail time. Getting the help of a skilled DUI defense attorney is crucial. A DUI defense attorney can negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor, find loopholes and errors, expunge your conviction and get a fair judgement. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a DUI, you need to speak to our experienced DUI defense lawyers as soon as possible. We will work to protect your rights and fight on your behalf to avoid a serious conviction. Call 201-420-1913.

What Does a DUI Defense Attorney Do

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Choosing the Right DWI Defense Attorney

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If you have been arrested or charged with a DWI, you may be facing serious consequences. Getting the help of a competent and experienced DWI defense attorney is in your best interest. However, choosing the right attorney can be challenging. The right attorney will play a major role in your case.

Here are a few tips to help you choose the right DWI attorney:

Experience: Choose an attorney who has extensive experience in DWI cases. A lawyer with many years of legal experience and a history of handling DWI cases successfully would be a great choice. You can look at reviews and testimonials from former clients when considering the attorney’s experience.

Reputation: You can learn about the attorney’s reputation by researching reviews, testimonials and publications. Choose someone who is respected by other lawyers and consistently receives referrals from clients.

Qualifications: Choose an attorney who is highly qualified and has extensive training in DWI law. You can review the attorney’s profile to see whether his or her qualifications are a good fit for the type of services you need.

Communication: Choose a lawyer who is friendly and easy to communicate with. A good lawyer will take the time to explain things in a manner that is easily understood.

Fees: Understandably, you may want to choose an attorney within your budget, but hiring an inexpensive or inexperienced attorney may ruin your case. Similarly, a lawyer with higher fees does not necessarily indicate quality. Choose an attorney who meets all your requirements and is within your budget.

If you or someone you love is facing DWI charges, speak to our experienced DWI defense attorneys as soon as possible. We have the knowledge, skills and experience to handle any DWI case. Our DWI defense attorneys will work to protect your rights and fight on your behalf so you can avoid a serious criminal conviction. Call 201-420-1913 or email


What to Expect from a Criminal Defense Lawyer

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If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense and are looking at some serious penalties or time in prison, you will want to have the best criminal defense lawyer by your side. A criminal defense lawyer is experienced, and is an expert in the field of criminal law. He or she may be able to make certain arguments and spot certain factors that could mitigate or even negate any potential crime. Hence, getting a criminal defense lawyer to represent you in your criminal trial is a necessity.

A criminal defense lawyer can call witnesses in your defense and cross-examine witnesses that the prosecution puts forward. In addition, a criminal defense lawyer may also:

  • Figure out a good sentencing program on your behalf. If you are found guilty, your criminal defense lawyer may be able to work the sentence in such a way that would prevent you from winding back up in the criminal justice system.
  • Work with you and the prosecutor to negotiate a “deal”. This deal is also known as “plea bargain”. A plea bargain can often reduce potential sentence or eliminate some or all of the charges brought against you.
  • Help you with the emotions that come with criminal trials. Criminal prosecutions may often make a defendant feel embarrassed, depressed, and fearful and suffer from low self-esteem.
  • Provide you with a reality check. A criminal defense lawyer often knows the situation better than you will during the criminal trial. He or she can offer insights into how the trial is actually going on and what will likely happen in the future.
  • Point out important legal rules and regulations about criminal prosecution. There are many rules and laws that are buried within regulations and laws, and even prior court opinions. A criminal lawyer knows all these rules and regulations.
  • Spend more effort and time on a case than a defendant who chose to represent himself.
  • Gather evidence and statements from witnesses that are going to be called by the prosecution. Sometimes, witnesses may refuse to give a statement or information to people that were allegedly involved in a crime for their safety. However, they may be willing to talk to an attorney.
  • Find and hire investigators on your behalf to not only investigate the alleged crime but also investigate the witnesses that the prosecution is going to call to the stand. If the investigators can find valid evidence, this could help your case tremendously.

Contact Our Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a criminal offense in New Jersey, call The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC for help. We will provide you an aggressive defense from start to finish, and will keep you informed regarding your case. For a free initial consultation, call us at 201-420-1913 or email at


Child Pornography and the Offenders

Child Pornography and the Offenders

Child Pornography is a form of child sexual exploitation. Federal Law defines Child Pornography as “any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (persons less than 18 years old).” Images of Child Pornography are also referred to as child sexual abuse.

It is a crime to produce, possess, distribute, or sell any pornographic material that exploits a minor. When Child Pornography laws are violated the offenders face severe statutory penalties. Child Pornographic laws also include the use of technology and the internet to obtain, share and distribute Child Pornographic material.

The offenders in Child Pornography

Offenders involved in Child Pornography vary from producers to actual users. It is important to apprehend all individuals in every step of the process to combat and eliminate Child Pornography. Common groups of Child Pornography offenders are:

The Producers: These are the individuals who employ, use, or advertise minors in pornographic material. This includes both homemade and commercially produced pornography.

The Distributors: These individuals are involved in commercially producing material. They sell, mail, loan, give, export, advertise, or transport pornographic material. There are many pedophile organizations that act as contact services for pedophiles to obtain Child Pornography.

Coercers: They are involved in coercing children to engage in pornographic material. They rely heavily on bribery and persuasion. They often manipulate children by offering them things that they really want.

The User: They are commonly called pedophiles. These take pleasure in using pornographic material.

Child Pornography among youth

Sexting is another issue that has arisen in the recent past. It is the use of peer/self-exploitation among teenagers. In certain circumstances, sexting may be considered criminal in nature. These may include the following:

  • A young person unintentionally creating Child Pornography.

  • Youth intentionally producing or sharing images/videos that meet the Child Pornography criteria.

  • A young individual who is engaging in behaviour that involves intimidation and/or coercion of the affected youth. He/she is also guilty of creating and sharing of Child Pornography.

  • Criminal harassment, extortion, voyeurism, and impersonation.

Hire an Attorney today

Whether falling under federal or state law, Child Pornography crimes are serious and carry very long sentences. When your reputation, your job and your livelihood are on the line, a sex crimes attorney in Jersey City, NJ at The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC can assist in investigating and preparing your case. Joel and his team can work with the appropriate experts to maximize your ability to obtain a successful resolution of your case. Are you charged with an offense in Child Pornography? Our expert and well versed lawyers have your best interest in mind while fighting your case.


Video: Penalties for Statutory Rape

Statutory rape refers to having sex with someone below the “age of consent”. Laws vary among the states concerning statutory rape. Charges against the accused depend on the age of the victim and the age difference between victim and perpetrator. Penalties include jail sentences, probation, incarceration and fines. If you have been accused of statutory rape, contact a sex crimes attorney to ensure your rights are not jeopardized.


2 Bayonne police brutality lawsuits settled for $335K

Two separate police brutality lawsuits filed against the Bayonne Police Department and city police officers were settled for a total of $335,000, according to a settlement agreement that was released today.

In one of the cases, Jason Rios sued Bayonne police over an incident on Aug. 29, 2010, in which he said police pepper-sprayed him, knocked him out cold, and arrested him for no reason. A police report said Rios acted in a “threatening manner.”

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NJ DWI Laws-Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits in NJ

If you are suspected of Driving While Intoxicated in New Jersey, the concerned officer will stop you and take you through a series of field sobriety tests. Your blood alcohol concentration or BAC will be determined by using a breathalyzer or blood test. It is important to be aware of the BAC limits under New Jersey law.

BAC Limitations and Penalties:

Drivers who are 21 and above

If you are of 21 years of age or older, and are caught driving with a BAC of 0.08% or higher in New Jersey, you may be convicted of DWI. This standard is applicable to drivers who are legally allowed to consume alcohol.

DWI with a BAC of 0.08%-0.09% may carry a fine of $250-$400 with up to 30 days in jail, IDRC classes and a 3 month drivers license suspension. DWI with a BAC of 0.10% or higher may carry a fine of $300-$500, with a drivers license suspension ranging from 7 months to 1 year.

Drivers under the age of 21

If a driver under the age of 21 is caught with a BAC of 0.01% or 0.07%, he/she may be convicted of underage DWI. DWI with a BAC of 0.01%-0.07% may include penalties of 30-90 days license suspension and 15-30 days of mandatory community service.

Commercial (CDL) Licensed Drivers

Commercial drivers (holders of CDL licenses) who are driving commercial vehicles and whose BAC is 0.04% or higher may be charged with DWI. A DWI conviction may result in a suspension of their CDL license in addition to their driving license.

BAC Under the Limit Can Still Result In DWI

A BAC of less than 0.08% does not mean you can avoid a DWI charge. Police can decide you are intoxicated based on your performance in the field sobriety tests, your speech, other behavior and your driving conduct. If you have any amount of alcohol in your body that  affects your driving, you may still be charged with DWI.

Contact DWI Defense Attorney in NJ

If you have been accused of DWI and are in need of legal help, contact our New Jersey DWI defense attorney at The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC. We focus exclusively on DWI defense.  Call us today at 201-420-1913 or email us at

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