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Criminal Defense

The Firm of Afonso Baker Archie Foley & Lodge, P.C. will represent you vigorously in matters involving the criminal justice system. Our attorneys bring several decades of experience to the courtroom, be it a Federal, State or Municipal matter.

This vast experience has informed our philosophy in representing defendants in criminal matters.

  • First and foremost, every case is different and requires individual attention and evaluation.
  • Representation from the very outset of a case is essential. Any number of things can occur at the beginning of a case which will set the stage for future events.
  • Reputation matters. The attorneys at ABAFL have practiced throughout New Jersey and have worked with scores of judges and prosecutors.
  • Negotiate the best plea arrangement if possible and do not be afraid to try a case. There are limited choices for a client in most criminal matters: a plea agreement or going to trial. Sometimes, a plea arrangement is the best alternative. However, other times defending a case at trial is the best course. The attorneys at ABAFL will pursue either course of action with vigor and assist clients in making a decision on which way to proceed.

The attorneys at ABAFL also have vast experience with the appellate process. Throughout the course of a criminal case, whether it resolves in a plea or a trial, any number of things can go wrong.

A judge may have made an incorrect decision on a motion or an objection or perhaps the entire process was faulty or a prior attorney was ineffective. Your case can be presented to the Appellate Division as a matter of right for review. This requires a painstaking look at the record and a precise presentation to the appellate court.