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Maynard & Sumner, LLC

Maynard & Sumner, LLC

6 Dumont Place
Morristown, New Jersey 07960

Phone(973) 540-0054 or(888) 668-4845
Fax (973) 540-1516

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Law Firm Overview

Maynard & Sumner, located in New Jersey provide legal assistance to people with facing issues in criminal, personal injury, family law and workers' compensation matters. When a legal issue is impacting your life, it is vital that you speak to experienced legal counsel. We combine respectful, non-judgmental representation with a commitment to achieving positive results for our clients.

Most of our clients seek out our law firm after a stressful event such as an arrest, a divorce or a serious injury. We understand that going to an unfamiliar environment, such as a law firm, can add to your anxiety. As a result, we strive to create a warm, welcoming environment. One unique way in which we help our clients get acclimated to our law firm is by introducing them to Winston Churchill, our firm's canine mascot and client ambassador. Winston is a licensed therapy animal whose job is to make our clients and their families feel at home while in our office.

When you work with our law firm, you can count on receiving regular communications from us throughout the length of your case. When you call or visit our office, your needs and questions will take priority. You will benefit from the helpfulness of our experienced staff, and you will have access to your attorney. Outside the law office doors, we will be ready to take decisive action on your behalf. You can count on us to zealously represent your interests in a broad range of matters, including: criminal defense, family law and injury claims.

Areas of Law

Areas of Law Description

- Criminal Defense

Any criminal allegation is a very serious legal emergency. The way in which your criminal charges are resolved can change the course of your life dramatically. A criminal conviction can hamper future job prospects, keep you from getting or keeping a professional license, hinder your chances for getting loans or procuring housing and even stop you from traveling abroad for vacation or business in many cases. The damage to your reputation and lifestyle in the event of a criminal conviction cannot be overstated. If you have been accused or charged with a crime, or if you have reason to believe that law enforcement agents are investigating you it is vital that you enlist the services of an experienced, tenacious criminal defense attorney.

- 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. Depending on the circumstances, aggravated assault can be a fourth, third or second degree offense. If you have been charged with aggravated assault, you need a dedicated lawyer to protect your rights.

- 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. Depending on the alleged facts of the case, criminal sexual conduct may be charged as a third or fourth degree crime. Aggravated criminal sexual conduct is a second degree crime. In either event, these allegations are gravely serious legal matters. The way that these charges are resolved will have a major impact on your life going forward.

- Fraud

Maynard & Sumner, LLC, represents people from all walks and stations who are facing criminal charges. We defend people accused of all types of charges, and we believe that no criminal case is a small matter. A criminal conviction can result in severe penalties and negative consequences for years to come. Our law firm has significant experience defending people accused of fraud or related charges. Fraud or theft charges can involve a variety of different allegations, including: check fraud, forgery, fraudulent use of credit cards, prescription fraud and theft by deception. Whatever you have been charged with, our lawyers will review the evidence and pursue all possible defenses.

- 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. There are many complications and challenges associated with accusations of homicide or manslaughter. There may be great public outcry. The family who lost a loved one will be dealing with severe, often public grief. For these reasons, it is absolutely vital that you have a skilled defense lawyer on your side.

- Resisting Arrest

Under New Jersey law, resisting arrest can be charged as a disorderly persons 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. Resisting arrest is almost never a stand-alone criminal charge. In nearly every instance, resisting arrest is just one of many criminal allegations. The effect is to give prosecutors more leverage in their dealings with the defendant.

- Robbery / Burglary

Robbery involves inflicting bodily harm, or threatening to inflict bodily harm, on someone while committing a theft. If the accused threatened to kill or inflicts serious bodily injury, or uses a deadly weapon, robbery can be charged as a first degree offense. In other situations, it is a second degree crime. Burglary involves entering a structure with the intent to commit a crime. Under New Jersey law, burglary is typically charged as a third degree crime. If the accused inflicts, or threatens to inflict bodily harm, or is armed with a weapon, burglary can be charged as a second degree crime.

- Terroristic Threats

Law enforcement agencies take the charge of making terroristic threats very seriously. Terroristic threats is typically a third degree crime, although if threats are made during a national, state or county emergency, terroristic threats can be charged as a second degree crime. A conviction can result in prison time, fines, probation and a criminal record. In any event, if you or someone you love faces these allegations, it is imperative that you have a dedicated, knowledgeable attorney on your side.

- 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. There are many complications and challenges associated with accusations of homicide or manslaughter. There may be great public outcry. The family who lost a loved one will be dealing with severe, often public grief. For these reasons, it is absolutely vital that you have a skilled defense lawyer on your side.

- 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. If you are accused of violating the terms of your probation, you face the potential of going to prison. Any number of actions could lead to a violation of probation, including: failing to report to your probation officer; failing a drug test; failing to perform part of your sentence (community service, restitution, anger management classes, etc.); and reoffending.

- 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. In addition, if you have been previously convicted of a crime and are found in possession of a firearm, you may face a term of incarceration.

- Megan's Law

On certain offenses, you will be subjected to Parole Supervision for Life / PSL. Under PSL, you will face a number of additional restrictions on your freedom. These requirements will negatively impact many areas of your life, such as your ability to find a place to live, get a job or go to school. If you face these restrictions and want to understand what you can do to mitigate their impact, talk to a lawyer at the Morristown law firm of Maynard & Sumner, LLC. Our attorneys have built a strong reputation for our experience and success in the area of Megan's Law appeals. Our lawyers have successfully argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court to overturn a section of Megan's Law and has helped individuals terminate or modify their Megan's Law reporting requirements.

- 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. Based in Morristown, we serve clients throughout northern New Jersey. We have the skill and experience to meet our clients' needs in a variety of legal areas, including: stepparent adoption, adoption by a grandparent or other relative, paternity actions, termination of parental rights and private adoptions.

- 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. In other cases, individuals who are under a duty to report suspected abuse to the Division of Youth and Family Services / DYFS, such as teachers, may misconstrue a child's injuries as the result of abuse. In any event, once DYFS is involved, you are in a difficult situation.

- 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. If you have received a letter from DYFS advising you that you are under investigation, or if you are being investigated and are suspected of child abuse, cruelty or neglect, it is imperative for you to contact a knowledgeable family law attorney immediately.

- Prenuptial Agreement / Post-nuptial Agreement

While prenuptial agreements may not be warranted in every situation, there are some situations where a prenuptial agreement can be a sound method of asset protection. For instance, a prenuptial agreement may be advisable if one or both spouses own a business or bring extensive assets into the marriage. When spouses have children from previous relationships, a prenuptial agreement can clearly outline the children's property rights. Our law firm is prepared to draft or revise the terms of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.

- 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. In certain cases, people may make unwarranted accusations in an attempt to gain leverage in a divorce or custody dispute. If you need a TRO, or if someone is seeking a TRO against you, it is critical that you have a knowledgeable attorney on your side.

- Personal Injury

We are able to help people who have been injured in nearly any type of accident or by wrongful conduct, including: car accidents, motorcycle accidents, semi or tractor-trailer accidents, slip-and-fall accidents (premises liability), dog bites, medical malpractice, police brutality and defective products. Our law firm also represents surviving family members in wrongful death claims. In every injury claim, we begin by investigating the cause or causes of the accident. Once we locate every liable party, we will take action. Our tenacious approach regularly results in positive outcomes for our clients.

- Workers' Compensation

In addition to our personal injury practice, we help working men and women who have been injured on the job bring workers' compensation claims. In certain cases, our investigation will reveal that someone other than your employer was negligent. In these situations, our attorneys can bring a personal injury claim in addition to your workers' compensation claim. In every case, we want to make things as easy for you as possible. If your injuries prevent you from coming to our office, we can make home and hospital visits. We work with a network of qualified medical professionals to assist our clients. We offer free initial consultations.

- Negligence

Most personal injuries are a result of someone's negligent conduct. For example, motor vehicle accidents are typically caused when someone speeds, fails to yield, follows another vehicle too closely, changes lanes without checking the blind spot or otherwise does not pay proper attention to the task at hand. When someone slips and falls in a place of business, it is usually because the store's employees failed to clean up a spill or clear some other hazard. Acts of carelessness or negligence can have lasting repercussions. If you have been injured by the negligence of another person or a corporation, it is important to seek experienced, dedicated legal counsel.


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

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

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