Brickfield & Donahue is a criminal defense law firm. We represent individuals (both adults and juveniles) and corporations charged in the Federal, State and Municipal Courts in New Jersey with criminal offenses. We are both former prosecutors who learned the tools of the trade in Prosecutor's Offices, including the United States Attorney's Office in Newark, New Jersey and the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office in Hackensack, New Jersey. We have been practicing criminal law in New Jersey for over 20 years and are Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Criminal Trial Attorneys.
Statewide Practice with a Focus on Northern New Jersey
We provide zealous representation, including trial work, in a wide variety of criminal matters in the Federal Courts, including white collar crime, political corruption, drug dealing, sexual assault, bank fraud and mortgage fraud.
We are likewise zealous advocates in the State Courts of New Jersey. We are both former State Prosecutors and are experienced and well-regarded in the State Courts. We represent individuals charged with drug possession and distribution, sexual assaults, child pornography, internet crimes, prostitution offenses, firearms offenses, theft, domestic violence, violent assaults and white collar crimes such as mortgage fraud and embezzlement
Municipal Court Matters
In addition, we represent individuals in the State's Municipal Courts in Northern New Jersey in matters such as simple assault, shoplifting, theft, drug possession, driving while intoxicated (DUI/DWI) as well as serious motor vehicle offenses.
We Understand How to Take Down a Criminal Charge
A big part of defending criminal charges is knowing how to navigate the Criminal Justice System. Collectively we have prosecuted and defended many criminal cases at the Federal, State and Municipal levels in New Jersey. Whether the charges are Federal, State or Municipal, we understand the system.
Experienced Former Prosecutors
When we were prosecutors, we learned how to build a case on behalf of the Government. We understand the inner workings of the prosecutorial process. Rather than just spending several years as "line" prosecutors to gain experience before becoming defense attorneys, we also spent years in supervisory positions as prosecutors. This additional experience provided two critical additional dimensions to our prosecutorial experience. First, it allowed us to "vertically" prosecute criminal cases. A vertical prosecution is a more sophisticated type of prosecution where one prosecutor has direct involvement in all phases of a prosecution. A prosecutor who vertically prosecutes oversees the investigation, has direct input into the charging decision, presents the case to the Grand Jury for indictment, then moves forward to the plea process or trial and finally represents the Government at sentencing. Most prosecutors with just "line" experience are given cases in an assembly line fashion after the investigation, charging and presentment to the Grand Jury have been done by other people. A prosecutor who vertically prosecutes has a comprehensive, hands-on understanding of the entire prosecutorial process that a "line" prosecutor simply does not have. The second dimension of experience we offer beyond the "line" prosecutor experience is supervisory experience. Supervisory prosecutorial experience not only gives us insight into how law enforcement professionals are managed but it also gives us insight into how law enforcement professionals think and act.
Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys
We are Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Criminal Trial Attorneys and have tried scores of cases as prosecutors and as defense counsel. We therefore understand why trials are won and lost. Because we have extensive knowledge of and experience in the criminal courts of New Jersey, we also understand how judges think and render decisions.
Insight into the Strengths and Weakness of a Criminal Case
Our knowledge and experience inside Prosecutor's Offices, our knowledge and experience with law enforcement professionals and our knowledge and experience in the courts of New Jersey have given us invaluable insight into the prosecutorial process, the trial process and the judicial process in New Jersey. This knowledge and experience is invaluable in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a criminal case and is also critical in conducting, in some instances, our own independent investigations and in finding and developing defenses to criminal charges. As criminal defense attorneys, we use that knowledge in fighting the Government's case against you.
Based in Bergen County, Statewide Criminal Defense Practice
While our law firm is based in Bergen County, we practice statewide with a focus on the courts of Northern New Jersey, including the Federal courts in Newark, and the State and Municipal courts of Bergen County, Essex County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Union County, Morris County, Sussex County, Warren County, Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Hackensack, Paterson, Passaic, Bergenfield, Carlstadt, Cliffside Park, East Rutherford, Edgewater, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Leonia, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Paramus, Ramsey, Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood, River Edge, Rochelle Park, Rutherford, Saddle Brook, Teaneck, Waldwick, Westwood, Wood-Ridge, Wyckoff, Newark, Jersey City, Union City, and Elizabeth.
We are experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive criminal defense attorneys, who have handled cases throughout New Jersey.
Contact Our Bergen County Based Criminal Defense Attorneys
Whether you are facing a Federal charge, a State charge or a Municipal charge, we have the knowledge, experience and discretion necessary to handle your situation. Our phones are monitored by discreet professionals 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and 365 days per year. If you're in trouble in New Jersey, we pick up the phone. Contact the criminal defense attorneys of Brickfield & Donahue at (201) 488-7707 or contact us online.