Passaic and Bergen County, New Jersey

Westwood & Paterson Criminal Defense Lawyer

We are a small firm that provides personal attention and delivers big firm results!
We have affordable rates and a free initial consultation.

Being faced with criminal charges is often a frightening and overwhelming experience, but you can minimize your stress and achieve a favorable outcome in your case with the help of our criminal defense attorneys in Paterson NJ.

In Westwood, Paterson and the surrounding Bergen county cities, people in need of a competent crimal defense attorney turn to The Law Firm of Walter K. Schreyer. Our trusted defense attorneys bring more than 35 years of experience to every case we take on. If you are facing criminal charges of any type, your first step should be consulting an experienced, reliable criminal attorney to help you build your defense. Criminal law is a complex area, so you might work with a criminal defense lawyer even in the face of misdemeanors like shoplifting or municipal traffic offenses. With more severe charges, the right criminal lawyer can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. No matter what municipal violation, misdemeanor or felony you have been accused of, we will go to work to minimize or eliminate the consequences that would come with a conviction.

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Criminal Law Practice Areas:

The Law Firm of Walter K. Schreyer has experience with litigation in a wide range of criminal cases in Paterson NJ, and we provide free initial consultations, which can help you gain a better understanding of your charges.

  • Burglary
  • Murder/Homicide
  • Weapons Offenses
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Shoplifting
  • Expungements
  • Violent Crimes
  • Death by Auto

In addition, we can assist with the expungement of criminal records.

At the Law Firm of Walter K. Schreyer, you can expect dedicated attention for your case with the personalized representation of a small firm backed by 35 years of criminal defense experience in Paterson NJ. Our criminal defense lawyers are able to provide representation for a wide range of criminal charges, including drug possession, white collar crimes, domestic violence, assault, DUI, and traffic violations. Read on to learn why you will want our experienced and dedicated attorneys on your side when you are charged with a municipal, state, or federal crime.

Experience on Both Sides of the Courtroom

You will be represented by a criminal defense attorney whose law experience goes beyond the traditional bounds of criminal defense. Attorney Walter K. Schreyer has served as a deputy attorney general and assistant prosecutor.

Why is this experience important? His background as a prosecutor means he has in-depth knowledge of both sides, including indictment, investigation and grand jury proceedings. His background as a deputy attorney general gives him even more insider’s knowledge.

When putting together a defense strategy, we use this knowledge. We are able to identify weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case, such as lack of evidence, and use those weaknesses to leverage a positive outcome for you.

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Tips for Choosing a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you select a criminal attorney, you might look to a smaller practice, which will ensure that you work directly with a lawyer rather than a paralegal or other member of the practice. The Law Firm of Walter K. Schreyer has been providing affordable, detailed criminal defense representation in Bergen County for more than 35 years, and we are proud to have a BBB Rating of A+. To schedule a free consultation with Walter Schreyer, call our office at (201) 383-2317.

Our most common criminal defense cases are:

Below you’ll get a look at a handful of the areas where we can offer representation that will let you get your life back on track.

  • DUI/DWI
    DUIs can have many possible outcomes, depending on the driver’s BAC, track record, and whether an accident occurred. The quality of your lawyer can also affect your sentence, since larger firms may settle for a longer list of penalties—including jail time and long-term license suspension.
  • Drug Crimes
    Penalties for minor drug possession in the state of New Jersey can include six months in jail and $1000 in fines. In cases involving intent to sell or drug trafficking, penalties can be much more severe. The right lawyer will explore every detail of your case to approach your defense from every possible angle for the most favorable outcomes.
  • Assault
    Assault can cover a wide range of different crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assault, or assault committed during a criminal act. Thousands of assault charges are brought up in New Jersey courts each year, and it takes an experienced attorney to help share your side of the story.
  • White Collar Crimes
    Non-violent crimes such as fraud, embezzling, credit card fraud, and identity theft all fall into the category of white collar crimes, which can be high profile cases, sometimes affecting prominent public figures and politicians. In these cases your attorney may work with a number of financial and technological specialists to examine and interpret evidence.

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What to Do If You’re Arrested

If you are arrested or brought in for questioning, you will want to remember that law enforcement officers will use a wide range of tactics to gain incriminating evidence to use against you when it comes time for a trial. Therefore, you should keep calm and use the following steps to avoid having evidence stack up against you.

  • Reserve your right to remain silent – Even if you are completely innocent, saying the wrong thing during an interview with law enforcement could make you look guilty. That’s why it is best to avoid answering any questions and preserving your right to remain silent.
  • Request a lawyer – One statement you will want to make is a request for a lawyer. You are allowed to have a defense attorney by your side during all questioning, but police officers may attempt to delay getting legal representation in the room. Stand firm in your request for an attorney, and wait to say anything else until one arrives.

What a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Do For You

Hiring a defense lawyer through our law offices can lead to much more favorable outcomes than you might see with a state-appointed attorney. Public defenders often have a large group of cases to handle at any given time, so they may not dedicate the necessary attention to reducing your sentence or having your charges dropped where appropriate. With the Law Firm of Walter K. Schreyer, you can expect that your attorney will be intimately familiar with your case and ready to provide litigation in the court room. While we cannot guarantee any outcomes for a criminal case, we will do everything possible to reduce the impact of criminal charges on your life.

As soon as you are charged with a crime in Paterson, NJ don’t hesitate to call our office at (201) 383-2317. We will provide aggressive, effective criminal defense representation for your case to ensure that you are not unfairly charged with a crime you did not commit.