Criminal Law

New Jersey Criminal Attorneys

Next to one’s life, there is nothing more important to a person than their freedom. Thus, the choice of a criminal attorney is perhaps the single most important decision a person facing a loss of their freedom or driving privileges will ever make in their life.

With all of the Government’s resources and power being utilized in an effort to incarcerate, financially punish and strip an individual’s driving privileges, having a Supreme Court Certified Criminal trial lawyer and former prosecutor with a proven track record of results, and not just talk, is absolutely necessary. If you’ve been charged with a crime there’s a big problem coming your way, whether it’s the federal, state or local government and you need a great lawyer to stand between you and those that are trying to cause you serious damage to your freedom, your wallet and potentially your family and entire life. You need an experienced, intelligent and aggressive trial lawyer, unafraid to stand up on your behalf.

At Schiller McMahon, our Firm undertakes a comprehensive, detail-oriented, data-driven approach to criminal litigation, geared to obtaining a dismissal or the very best possible outcome for every Firm client.

With excellent educational backgrounds, Mr. Schiller and Mr. McMahon both have spent a substantial amount of time in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office prosecuting high-level major crimes and felonies. We handle complex criminal litigation. And with our educational backgrounds and experience as former prosecutors, we are going to find things that another attorney is not going to find. When we look at something based on our experience, training, and ability, we see things differently than someone with fewer qualifications or abilities, and that could be the difference between remaining free and spending the rest of your life behind bars.

In many regards, a criminal defense attorney is similar to a medical doctor. Instead of a medical problem, someone has a serious legal problem that could impact their freedom, their finances, and the rest of their life. An experienced criminal litigator will immediately assess whether or not there’s something emergent that needs to be done, such as interviewing witnesses, obtaining evidence, collecting records, and doing those things that are time sensitive, such as attempting to collect DNA, ballistics or other biological or forensic evidence. Once the initial investigative portion is complete, then an attorney has to acquire all the evidence, all the discovery, and review it all, just like a doctor would review an MRI or an x-ray. The goal in every criminal case is always an outright dismissal and obtaining for the client the best possible outcome.

If you are charged with a crime, aside from losing your freedom, the scarlet letter that’s associated with a criminal conviction is something that will follow you around for the rest of your life, limiting employment opportunities and damaging your reputation. It just puts caps and ceilings on things you can do in life and it could severely impact your freedom as well as your finances and your family. In terms of going with an experienced lawyer, if you’re sick, you would want to go see the best doctor. The principles are unchanged for a criminal lawyer: if you’re legally sick, you need the best lawyer you can get. At this Firm, saving people from the worst moments of their life is our life’s work. Give us a call today.
In terms of the cost of a criminal defense attorney, that varies on a case by case basis. The more serious or complex the charges, the more serious the consequences, and obviously the more expensive the case. The less serious, the less severe the consequences, generally the less cost on the case. However, the cost of a case is done on a case by case basis. Quoting a price on a case with zero knowledge of the case is guesswork, and at this Firm we endeavor to use reason and logic with all our dealings.
When a criminal case comes in, essentially there are three phases involved.

  • Investigation and Discovery. The first phase is to obtain all the information, put all the paperwork in with the court and the prosecutors, and ensure any time-sensitive investigative work is completed. Further, the Firm will immediately request that all that information known as discovery, this includes police reports, witness statements, there will generally be radio transmissions of the police, calls between witnesses and the police, 911 calls, body cameras, police car cameras, surveillance cameras and more. We also assess biological evidence, forensic evidence, and ballistic evidence, if available. All of these things have to be reviewed and if a disposition or a negotiated outcome is offered by the government that’s acceptable to the client, it’s potentially resolvable at that point.
  • Filing Motions. Sometimes, when reviewing the discovery and evidence, you learn that the government did something wrong. When the government does something wrong, there are certain rules in place such as, for example, the exclusionary rule, which essentially, if the police do something wrong in either stopping you or searching you, it can potentially lead to the suppression of the stop or the search and the evidence, and ultimately a dismissal of the case.

Thus, after reviewing the information in discovery the first thing we assess is whether there is a winnable, outcome-altering motion. Whether it’s a motion to dismiss for a lack of evidence, a motion to suppress for violating the Fourth Amendment to the United State Constitution or Article 1, Paragraph 7 of the New Jersey Constitution, or a motion related to an identification problem, the full range of applicable and relevant motions will be considered, and if there’s not a good motion, then this firm is not going to recommend the filing of same, and waste the client’s time or money with something that will not improve the situation. We’re interested in long-term relationships with our clients, not maximizing profit.

That said, if we do see a motion that we think has the ability to win the case outright, we discuss the pros and cons of that with the client and then we will pursue that route or use the motion issue to negotiate an appropriate resolution. Depending on the outcome of the motions, which are generally pre-trial, it may or may not go to trial in front of a jury.

  • Trial One of the advantages you have at this firm is both Mr. Schiller and Mr. McMahon are both certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as criminal trial attorneys. That’s something that’s held by a very small percentage of attorneys in the state of New Jersey. Furthermore, we both have extensive enormous jury trial experience, which most attorneys quite simply do not have. Our records and our backgrounds both as prosecutors and as defense attorneys are widely available on this website
One of the things we tell clients a lot is to Google us. You can go to plenty of other lawyers, but how many will implore prospective clients to do their own independent research. Google us today and see with your own eyes the terrific outcomes our clients have received.

 

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Whether it be a mistaken fact or legal infirmity, Schiller McMahon’s former prosecutors are trained to leverage and take advantage of any and all mistakes the Government makes in seeking a full-blown dismissal of every matter we handle. And while the truth is that not every case can result in a dismissal of all charges, Schiller McMahon will use their education, training, and experience to obtain the very best outcome possible in every single matter we handle for every single client. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.

Contact Info:

Office: 908.233.4840
Fax: 908.935.0822
E-Mail: Info@SchillerMcMahon.com

Would go to them again. Josh was very straight forward he knows what he is doing and completely confident I would recommend this firm to everyone . Thank you Josh for helping and doing a great job

5.0
2019-09-03T13:58:30-05:00
Would go to them again. Josh was very straight forward he knows what he is doing and completely confident I would recommend this firm to everyone . Thank you Josh for helping and doing a great job
Brian helped twice in the last five years. He did such a great job. Everything was handled with care each time. The cases were personal injury and estate. I highly recommend this firm.

5.0
2019-09-03T14:11:47-05:00
Brian helped twice in the last five years. He did such a great job. Everything was handled with care each time. The cases were personal injury and estate. I highly recommend this firm.
Josh is the Man. Had him as a professor. You may not like how straightforward he is but don’t confuse it with arrogance but know its out of humility

5.0
2019-09-03T14:12:45-05:00
Josh is the Man. Had him as a professor. You may not like how straightforward he is but don’t confuse it with arrogance but know its out of humility
I have worked with both Josh McMahon & Brian Schiller and they are both amazing. As a client I am not looking for someone to sugarcoat anything but I want a Pitbull that will get results.

5.0
2019-09-09T13:05:13-05:00
I have worked with both Josh McMahon & Brian Schiller and they are both amazing. As a client I am not looking for someone to sugarcoat anything but I want a Pitbull that will get results.
Brian and Josh have done a great job representing me on two cases. They are prompt with their responses and honest. They look out for the best interest of their clients but upfront with them at the same time. I would never hesitate to recommend Schiller McMahon to any of my friends.

5.0
2019-09-13T13:15:02-05:00
Brian and Josh have done a great job representing me on two cases. They are prompt with their responses and honest. They look out for the best interest of their clients but upfront with them at the same time. I would never hesitate to recommend Schiller McMahon to any of my friends.
Brian Schiller represented me on a misdemeanor assault case. I found myself in a position which I never thought I'd be in. I was scared that my whole life would be derailed by an incident which happened so fast. Brian remained calm and professional through the process, which helped me to relax and feel assured. After a number of appearances in court, Brian's persistence paid off and my case was thrown out.

5.0
2019-09-15T08:41:01-05:00
Brian Schiller represented me on a misdemeanor assault case. I found myself in a position which I never thought I'd be in. I was scared that my whole life would be derailed by an incident which happened so fast. Brian remained calm and professional through the process, which helped me to relax and feel assured. After a number of appearances in court, Brian's persistence paid off and my case was thrown out.
I have personally had the pleasure of being represented by Brian and he was the best. He was there for me every time I needed him and any question I had he was able to get an answer for me. Any time I need legal representation in the future I will be sure to contact him first.

5.0
2019-09-16T16:10:00-05:00
I have personally had the pleasure of being represented by Brian and he was the best. He was there for me every time I needed him and any question I had he was able to get an answer for me. Any time I need legal representation in the future I will be sure to contact him first.
Great Firm and had a great experience! Would highly recommend.

5.0
2019-09-18T18:47:51-05:00
Great Firm and had a great experience! Would highly recommend.
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