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Law Firm OverviewKeith Hirschorn, PC is the legal practice of Hoboken, NJ based criminal defense attorney Keith Hirschorn, providing legal representation to clients facing criminal charges throughout northern New Jersey. Mr. Hirschorn has dedicated his entire career exclusively to the area of criminal defense and is admitted to practice before all New Jersey Courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
Attorney Keith Hirschorn has provided numerous defense against a variety of criminal charges such as DUI/DWI, traffic offenses, drug charges, assault and other violent crimes, weapons charges, sex offenses, juvenile crimes, homicide and manslaughter, and theft/burglary. Criminal charges on your record can hinder your ability to secure a job or housing, and Mr. Hirschorn is able to assist his clients have these records sealed and/or expunged so that you can move forward without the shadow of your past holding you back.
If you find yourself facing criminal charges, it is imperative that you speak to an attorney before you submit to questioning by authorities. This is an important right to exercise, because a consultation with a skilled attorney can result in your case potentially being dismissed before it even goes to court. Authorities are motivated to raise their conviction rates and appear tough on crimes, and this zeal to look tough can lead to an infringement of the rights that you are guaranteed by the United States legal system. Keith Hirschorn will fight aggressively to protect your rights and get your case resolved with the best results possible.
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Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
Our firm provides legal representation and services in the following areas of practice:
- Criminal Defense
Most state criminal charges in New Jersey are heard in superior court, also called trial court. New Jersey has a superior court in each of its 21 counties. Our firm defends clients against state criminal charges including: drug possession, assault, burglary, and homicide. If your case is strong, we fight it in court without hesitation. But if we feel that a trial could put you at an unacceptable risk for a jail sentence, we work with the assistant prosecutors to negotiate a satisfactory plea bargain.
- Domestic Violence
Married spouses, domestic partners and children are protected from abuse, harassment and assault in the home under New Jersey's Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (N.J.S.A.2C:25-17). If you are facing accusations of spousal abuse, such as domestic assault and battery, you could be facing harsh consequences such as a restraining order or even felony charges depending on the circumstances of your case. Our firm offers clients strong representation for civil domestic violence matters, including restraining orders as well as assault and battery charges. As time can be of the essence in these cases, we efficiently respond to your needs and gather the necessary evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.
- Drug Possession/Distribution
If you are facing allegations of drug possession and/or distribution in New Jersey, the question is not whether you need a lawyer representing you; the question is who. Getting a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer involved as early as possible could mean facing less severe charges in municipal court instead of steeper consequences in superior court. Our skilled drug defense attorneys fight tenaciously to protect the rights of people facing drug charges. Our goal is to achieve the best outcome possible for your case, whether that can be achieved by pleading guilty to a lesser charge or fighting aggressively at trial.
- Drunk Driving
Drunk driving is treated as a serious offense and carries correspondingly harsh penalties, especially for a repeat offender in New Jersey. If caught driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, you could face jail time, fines, license suspension, mandatory counseling and use of an ignition interlock device. Because of this, if you are dealing with charges stemming from a DUI arrest in Jersey City or Hoboken, you need a legal defense attorney who is familiar with drunk driving laws and can help mitigate the penalties associated with DWI. With ten years of successful trial work, Hoboken DUI attorney Keith Hirschorn can help you by making sure drunk driving charges complicate your life as little as possible.
Your RAP sheet or Record of Arrest and Prosecution lists every arrest, charge and conviction you have ever had in New Jersey, including juvenile offenses. This record can affect your ability to get a job, receive financial aid for school, serve in the military or apply for housing assistance. It is in your best interest to seek an expungement of these records as soon as you are able to do so. Our firm has extensive experience helping clients with the expungement of a variety of criminal matters. If you are looking to clear your criminal record, we will meet with you to understand your wishes and advise on what you can and cannot expunge at this time. If you qualify, we will file an order to expunge your criminal or juvenile records on your behalf.
- Gun/Weapons Possession
Facing weapons charges alone or with inadequate representation is not advisable. The consequences of a conviction may include jail time, heavy fines and probation. If you have been charged with gun possession or other weapons-related crime, your choice of a weapon possession lawyer in Jersey City and Hoboken is most important. With so much at stake, you cannot afford to leave your future in the hands of a court-appointed public defender. We are a team of highly skilled weapon defense attorneys. We work diligently and vigorously to protect our clients' rights and to help them achieve the best results possible for their situation through aggressive negotiating, plea bargains and skilled criminal trial representation.
Homicide, murder and violent crimes are serious accusations that can result in felony convictions and severe prison time. Our firm provides sound advice and aggressive representation to clients in Hoboken, Jersey City and surrounding areas who face charges such as homicide, aggravated manslaughter, reckless manslaughter and first-degree murder. We work hard to obtain a favorable result that preserves your rights and freedoms. This may be achieved through a plea bargain or, if an acceptable plea deal cannot be reached, through defending you at trial.
- Sex Crimes
Some of the most serious offenses with which an individual can be charged with are sex crimes. Aside from a lengthy prison sentence, a sexual assault charge is certain to bring the social aspects of your life to a screeching halt. Your family members and peers may never look at you the same, and your goals may be put on a long-term, if not, permanent hold. However, it does not have to be this way. If you have been charged with rape, sexual battery or any other kind of sex crime, reach out to our firm immediately. We fight on your behalf to help you avoid stern consequences and regain your place in society.
- Juvenile Crimes
Most criminal charges against juveniles (under 18 years old) begin in family court. Even if the infraction seems minor, a child needs a lawyer when charged with any type of crime. We represent juveniles accused of acts including shoplifting, possession of drugs, theft and assault. Many assume a juvenile adjudication will be sealed or expunged from their permanent record, but this is not always the case. Adjudications may disqualify your child from college financial aid and become a barrier to future employment. If your child is facing charges for a juvenile crime, it is important to take action early. An experienced lawyer can negotiate on your child's behalf to minimize consequences. We work hard to help keep children out of the criminal justice system.
- Municipal Law
A municipal court handles minor offenses in a city or town. Though our practice is centered around Hoboken and Jersey City, we can represent you in any municipality in New Jersey. For example, if you live in Newark but you got arrested in Asbury Park, our firm can still fully represent you from our home base in Hoboken. Matters handled in municipal court range from local code violations to petty crimes, including: traffic infractions, drug possession, bad checks, harassment and simple assault.
Our heft attorneys provide skilled defenses against shoplifting charges to clients in Jersey City, Hoboken and surrounding areas of New Jersey. Our firm defends adults and juveniles against charges of shoplifting and other larceny crimes. We will work with you to identify and fully explain your various options for limiting the damage from these charges. Options may include pleading guilty to a lesser disorderly personís offense, which is tried in municipal court, in order to avoid the severe consequences that accompany a shoplifting conviction. If an acceptable plea bargain cannot be arranged, Attorney Keith is fully prepared to fight aggressively for your rights at trial.
- Traffic Offenses
If you have been cited for an alleged traffic violation, the first thing you should do is read your ticket to find out exactly what type of violation you have been cited for and seek advice from an experienced, knowledgeable traffic defense attorney. Our traffic violations lawyers provide skilled legal representation to people facing a variety of traffic charges. We work diligently to achieve the best possible solutions in these matters, mitigating the consequences for our clients.
- New Jersey State Bar Association
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