A person charged with a crime or criminal offense in New Jersey has a constitutional right to an attorney at all critical stages of his case.
Necessarily, the commencement of the critical stage of a proceeding is when a person is charged with the crime or criminal offense. In plain language, this when a person is arrested.
However, individuals suspected of committing a crime or criminal offense should always consult with a criminal attorney before they are actually charged or arrested for same. This is the biggest mistake that individuals make who are charged with crimes or criminal offenses in New Jersey.
If a person has already retained an attorney with knowledge that they are already being actively investigated for a crime or criminal offense, the attorney will prevent law enforcement from taking a statement from his client. Admissions against interest are almost always the most important evidence in a criminal case.
If you have been arrested in New Jersey and need a top-flight defense attorney, give attorney Matthew Reisig a call at 732-625-9661.