Criminal Defense

Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes

Drug cases are serious situations. The state and federal laws regarding drug offenses are strict and the consequences of being found guilty are extremely harsh. Indictable drug crimes carry prison sentences, as well as heavy fines and loss of your driving privileges in the state. Some offenses, including ones that occur in school zones, near public housing facilities, and in public parks carry mandatory minimum imprisonment penalties.
The attorneys of Meehan & Quirk, LLC have provided representation to many individuals accused of drug crimes in New Jersey. If you have been accused of any of the following types of crimes, you need to discuss your case with competent attorneys:

  • Drug possession crimes, including marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, or steroids
  • Possession with intent to distribute drugs
  • Distribution or trafficking of drugs
  • Manufacturing of drugs or maintaining a drug production facility

Sex Crimes

If you are accused of a sex crime, it will have a significant and lasting impact on your life and the lives of your family and friends. A mere accusation can cause a stigma that can ruin families, friendships and businesses. Convictions for sex crimes carry large fines, prison terms and commitments to institutions for sex offenders which can extend for longer periods than the crime requires. A sex crime conviction also carries lifelong consequences including Megan’s Law registration, DNA registration, and parole supervision for life.

If you have been accused of a sex crime, you need to speak with an attorney immediately so you may understand the accusations and the consequences of a conviction for this crime. Attorney William J. Quirk, Esq. has represented defendants accused of sex crimes in New Jersey, including charges such as:

  • Sexual Assault and Rape
  • Criminal Sexual Contact
  • Luring
  • Public Exposure
  • Prostitution
  • Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography

Municipal Court & Municipal Offenses

Disorderly persons offenses occur every day to good people in New Jersey. Situations such as a neighborly squabble, a bar fight, an out of control party, or a petty shoplifting offense are all crimes which are dealt with through disorderly persons charges. Crimes such as simple assault, possession of a small amount of drugs, public drunkenness, and harassment are usually handled by the municipal courts in New Jersey. Just because a matter is heard in municipal, as opposed to Superior Court, does not mean you should not consult with a lawyer. The penalties for disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey can include fines, probation, and even jail.

Most individuals who have been arrested have been charged with disorderly persons offenses. This means that most people who face criminal charges must deal with these types of issues more than any other. It is important if you are arrested that you immediately seek out a qualified attorney who can advise you of your options before you appear before a judge. Mr. Quirk can provide you with the information you will need to protect yourself in municipal court.

Traffic Court

If you drive an automobile in New Jersey, at some time in your life, it is likely that you will be stopped by the police and issued a traffic summons. For many people, the appearance in municipal court for this ticket will be your only interaction with New Jersey courts. The first time you go to court will be a very nerve-wracking experience.
The biggest concern that most drivers have about their traffic tickets is the impact a conviction will have on their insurance rates. An experienced lawyer can review your case, along with your driving record and help you determine possible consequences. You always face the possibility of increased insurance premiums and insurance surcharges if you are found guilty of certain moving violations.

If you already have points on your license, you could face the possibility of losing your driving privileges. Speaking to an attorney is extremely important when you receive a traffic ticket.Mr. Quirk can assist you when you have questions regarding a traffic summons.

Juvenile Court

When persons under the age of 18 are accused of committing a crime, they face charges in juvenile court. A juvenile proceeding may take place before a Superior Court judge who specially deals with juvenile cases, or before a special juvenile referee who will adjudicate the case. In some instances, a serious crime committed by a juvenile could be transferred to the adult court and the juvenile could be tried as an adult.

Having proper representation as early as possible in the matter is key to protecting a juvenile defendant. Juvenile proceedings, while different from Superior Court proceedings, are no less serious. Young people still face serious consequences including juvenile detention, inpatient drug treatment, or probation. Attorney William J. Quirk, Esq. has handled many juvenile cases and have worked with the families of these defendants to secure outcomes that protect and enhance the lives of the juveniles in the future.

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