Maynard & Sumner, LLC

Criminal Defense & Family Law Attorneys in Morristown, New Jersey

Maynard & Sumner, LLC

65 Madison Avenue
Suite 540

Morristown, New Jersey 07960

Phone(973) 540-0054 or(888) 668-4845

E-mail  Contact Mr. James Maynard

Free ConsultationFree ConsultationFree ConsultationCredit Cards

Law Firm Overview

Maynard & Sumner LLC in Morristown, New Jersey, is a criminal defense and family law firm. With over 20 years of experience representing criminal defendants, our firm handles a full range of criminal cases from drug possession and weapons charges to sexual assaults and murder. We are especially experienced with post-conviction matters including Meganís Law and both parole and community supervision for life (PSL/CSL).

When our clients face criminal charges, we are proactive. Even before the first court appearance, we are actively involved in preparing a defense and interacting with the prosecution. To better serve our clients with family law matters, our legal staff also includes a Certified Matrimonial Attorney. In addition to divorce cases, we handle child custody, domestic violence, and support modifications.

Maynard & Sumner is an experienced, knowledgeable law firm. We accept criminal and family law matters from across the state of New Jersey. Maynard & Sumner is ready to help you.

Languages: English, Spanish

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Violent Crimes; Aggravated Assault; Bias Intimidation; Conspiracy; Vehicular Homicide; Terroristic Threats; Bail Motion; Pre-Charge Representation; Pretrial Intervention (PTI); Restraining Orders; Drug Distribution; Drug Possession; Drug-Related DWI; Prescription Drugs; Fraud Crimes; Bad Checks; Forgery; Criminal Mischief; Municipal Court; Disorderly Persons; Resisting Arrest; Obstruction/Hindering; Child Endangerment; Criminal Sexual Contact; Invasion of Privacy; Lewdness/Indecent Exposure; Luring; Sexual Assault; Solicitation of a Minor; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

Areas of Law Description

-Megan's Law

If you have been convicted of a sex-related offense, mandatory sex offender registration may apply. This involves informing law enforcement as to your address, where you work and other changes in your life. On certain offenses, you will also be subjected to Parole Supervision for Life / PSL.

- Aggravated Assault

Under New Jersey law, aggravated assault can be charged under a variety of circumstances. If you are accused of attempting to cause serious bodily injury, you can be charged with aggravated assault. Aggravated assault can be charged whether or not you had a gun or other weapon.

- Criminal Sexual Contact

Under New Jersey law, criminal sexual conduct can be charged when a person sexually penetrates someone through physical force or other forceful means, but the victim does not sustain severe injury. Criminal sexual conduct can also involve situations involving sexual penetration with someone underage or with someone in a position of authority.

- Murder / Manslaughter

If you have been charged with a crime in connection with a fatality, nothing less than your future and your freedom hang in the balance. If you or someone you love has been charged with murder, manslaughter or vehicular homicide, you need to understand that the prosecution will devote significant resources to obtaining a conviction.

- Resisting Arrest

Under New Jersey law, resisting arrest can be charged as a disorderly personís offense. If law enforcement officers allege that you attempted to elude them, you face a fourth degree offense. Resisting arrest is a third degree crime if you threatened to use violent force against the officer.

- Vehicular Homicide

If you have been charged with a crime in connection with a fatality, nothing less than your future and your freedom hang in the balance. If you or someone you love has been charged with murder, manslaughter or vehicular homicide, you need to understand that the prosecution will devote significant resources to obtaining a conviction.

- Parole / Probation Violations

When someone is convicted of a crime, probation is a very often a part of the sentence. Individuals are often required to go on probation instead of going to jail or prison. If you are on probation, you will be supervised by a probation officer. As part of your probation, you will be required to comply with a number of rules.

- Weapon Charges

New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. For example, possessing a handgun without a permit is a second degree crime. These laws apply to New Jersey residents, as well as people traveling through the state. Therefore, even if you are traveling through New Jersey with a firearm, you still face potential weapons charges, even if you are licensed to carry a firearm in the state where you live.

- Family Law

Our law firm maintains a full-service family law practice. In addition to divorce and child custody, we represent clients in the following matters as well: adoption, alimony, child abuse, child neglect, child cruelty, DYFS investigations, grandparent visitation or custody, name changes, non-parent visitation or custody, prenuptial agreements, property division, temporary restraining orders (TROs) and final restraining orders (FROs).

- Adoption

Adoption is a momentous event that brings a family closer together. If you are thinking about adopting a child, it is important to work with a law firm that can help you comply with the various legal requirements associated with the adoption. Maynard & Sumner, LLC, advises and guides parents through the legal process of adoption.

- Child Abuse / Neglect

If allegations have been made against you for child abuse, neglect or cruelty, you are facing gravely serious matters that will greatly impact your life and the life of your children. Many accusations of abuse or neglect are simply unwarranted. Some people will make false or wildly exaggerated claims of abuse in an attempt to gain leverage in a family dispute.

- Division of Youth and Family Services / DYFS Investigations

In the words of the Division of Youth and Family Services / DYFS, this agency exists "to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and to support families." Despite its stated mission, in too many situations, DYFS causes far more harm than good.

- Restraining Orders / Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can never be tolerated. If you or your children are victims of domestic violence, you have the right to seek a temporary restraining order / TRO against your abuser. Restraining orders are powerful legal tools. Just because someone is seeking a restraining order against you does not necessarily mean that you are an abuser.


James Maynard Mr. James H. Maynard
Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse

Matthew Sumner Mr. Matthew A. Sumner
Adoption, Child Support, Family Law


  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New Jersey Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

More Information on Maynard & Sumner, LLC

Criminal Defense
Aggravated Assault
Megan's Law
Sex Crime
Juvenile Crime
Family Law
Maynard & Sumner, LLC Blog
Maynard & Sumner, LLC News and Publications

Maynard & Sumner, LLC
Maynard & Sumner, LLC Office Location

Firm's Social Networks

Find a Local Lawyer