Criminal Defense Litigation

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Defending Clients Against Criminal Charges

If you have been arrested on criminal charges, a criminal conviction can impact your life and livelihood. Depending on your crime, you may be facing serious consequences that can burden you for years to come.

At Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP, we are here to assess your case, guide you through your legal options and effectively defend you. We represent clients in a variety of criminal matters, including domestic violence, drug possession and distribution, DWI charges, violent crimes and white collar matters. We also represent juvenile clients, those who face traffic violations and those who need expungements.

Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP has provided New Jersey with quality legal services since 1924. If you are facing a criminal charge, especially a repeat charge, you need a dedicated attorney who has the persistence to use all legal means to achieve the best possible result for you.

DWI Defense

New Jersey is aggressive towards those caught drinking and driving. Laws are strict, penalties are tough and prosecutors vigorously pursue these charges. DWI convictions expose you to severe fines, a lost license and possible jail time. If you have been charged with a DUI, you have a lot to consider for your future: a DUI charge on your record can haunt you for years.

Drug Crimes

Law enforcement is proactive, and prosecutors aggressively enforce drug laws. If you have been arrested on drug charges, also referred to as controlled dangerous substances (CDS), your liberty is at stake. It is important to retain experienced counsel as soon as possible. We have served New Jersey clients with effective and tenacious criminal defense for many years. If you have been arrested on drug charges, you are facing serious consequences. Contact Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP to defend you.

Traffic Violations

If you are pulled over because of a traffic violation, you face various fines and penalties. New Jersey law enforcement is proactive and aggressive when handling moving violations. Depending on your violation, you could face between two and five motor vehicle points, which can affect your driving privileges and your insurance costs. In some instances, you will be subject to pay a New Jersey state surcharge. If you have received a ticket, contact Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP to handle the matter. We will use all legal means to downgrade the violation or have it dismissed altogether.

White Collar

White collar crimes used to result in a symbolic slap on the wrist. With recent financial news and economic turmoil, white collar crimes have been treated as serious offenses that often come with severe penalties, including jail time. The government has taken an aggressive stance on white collar crimes because of the array of serious violations being committed and the amount of money involved in some of these offenses. Most white collar crimes are heard in federal court.


New Jersey understands that people make mistakes. Expungement is a process that removes any record of arrest from the public record. Expungement does not completely erase your record, however; it erases the record from public access and isolates the record to law enforcement agencies and other cleared parties for future reference in case of another arrest. For minor offenses, expungement erases the record from databases that employers, schools, housing officials and other authority figures may access for background checks.

Domestic Violence

Those who have been arrested in New Jersey for domestic violence face serious charges. New Jersey proactively battles against domestic violence, and just the accusation can result in the state issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) until the issue is resolved in court. If you are involved in a domestic violence case, it is imperative for you to contact an attorney with your best interests in mind. Besides facing jail time and a criminal record, you could be barred from entering your home, having access to your children and keeping your firearms.

Violent Crimes

If you are facing a violent crime charge, you are facing overwhelming and life-altering consequences that can ruin your life. Violent crimes are some of the most serious offenses heard in court. New Jersey courts aggressively prosecute cases and sentence people to significant amounts of jail time according to the nature of the crime. If you have been accused of a violent crime, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Your life and livelihood depend on it.

Backed by over 90 years of institutional knowledge, experience and professionalism, our criminal defense lawyers know the law — and they can help. Contact us online or call 201-845-9600 today to find out how. From our office in Saddle Brook, our attorneys help clients throughout northern New Jersey.