Criminal Defense

Criminal Legal Process and Your Rights

For most defendants and their families, facing the criminal justice system can feel overwhelming and intimidating. Whether you have been charged with a crime in the past or you are experiencing the force of the law for the first time, you want to know your rights, what to expect, and how to best proceed for successful results.

Know your rights at every stage of the criminal process

From the moment you are arrested, through interrogations and trial, you need a clear understanding of your rights. In many cases, your defense will arise out of misconduct or illegal actions taken by the officer or a procedural error that deprived you of due process. Our role is to provide you with the information you need to assert your rights and take necessary action to aggressively develop your defense.

Stages of a Criminal Case in New Jersey:

Investigations: Whether you are suspected of a crime or have already been arrested and charged, the police have been collecting evidence to be used against you in court. Do not talk to the police without consulting with an attorney who can properly defend your rights.

Arrest: After the police believe they have enough evidence to charge you with a crime, they may search you and arrest you. The booking process will also include a search of your property, your person, fingerprinting and mug shots.

Bail: Depending on the crime you are charged with, bail will either be set immediately or at a bail hearing.

Pre-trial intervention: Our attorneys will take every necessary action, from indictment, through plea bargain negotiations, arraignment, and bail reduction motions to protect your rights before a trial date is set. After we take necessary steps through pre-trial intervention, we are prepared to take your case to trial.

Trial and sentencing: At trial, both the prosecution and defense will present their evidence in support of their case. We will collect all necessary evidence including witness statements, assessment of witness statements, expert support, and prepare a strategic assembly of evidence in your favor. In the event that we do not get your charges dismissed, we are prepared to aggressively protect your rights at sentencing to reduce penalties.

Do not talk to the police without consulting with an attorney who can properly defend your rights. You can only make a well-informed decision about how to proceed after discussing your case with an attorney with the appropriate experience. If you would like to speak with me, call 1-732-845-3203 or e-mail Ray at to set up a consultation.

I represent clients who have received a summons or been arrested on a wide variety of assault & threat crimes, defending them throughout New Jersey.

The Law Offices of Raymond A. Raya, Esq.

Monmouth County Lawyer

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