New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers

After being arrested, you are likely experiencing a great deal of fear and anxiety.   Our criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to providing our clients with a vigorous defense and securing the best possible outcome in every case. If you are facing criminal charges, your freedom and your reputation are at stake. We will do everything in our power to ease your fears and set things right.


We Handle All Types of Criminal Defense Cases

With several former prosecutors working in our firm, we are intimately familiar with what you are up against. We represent clients facing charges at the municipal, state and federal levels.

In many states, crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. New Jersey classifies crimes differently. The more serious offenses, analogous to felonies in other states, are called “crimes” or “indictable offenses” in New Jersey. The less severe offenses are called “disorderly persons offenses.” The difference between a crime and a disorderly persons offense is that if you are convicted of a crime, you can be sentenced to serve time in a New Jersey state prison. Potential sentences for disorderly persons offenses can also be significant, including jail time, steep fines, and community service.

We routinely handle all types of criminal cases, including:

  • Homicide/Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Assault
  • Violent crimes
  • Drug charges
  • Domestic violence
  • White collar crime & embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Weapons charges
  • Juvenile offenses
  • Sex crimes
  • Theft
  • Internet crime
  • Traffic offenses
  • Expungement


What to Do If You Have Been Arrested

If you have been arrested, comply with the arresting officers and booking officers. Respond truthfully to requests for personal information (name, address, date of birth, etc.) If the officers ask you any other questions, ask for a lawyer immediately. Firmly, but politely, let the questioning officers know that you are exercising your constitutional right to remain silent and be represented attorney. Call an attorney (or a family member who can get you an attorney) as soon as possible. Under no circumstances should you contact the victim in the incident you were arrested for.


The Legal Process – What to Expect

Our lawyers believe in explaining as much as possible to our clients about their legal situation in order to alleviate fear of the unknown. In New Jersey, your criminal case begins when you are arrested, charged with a crime, or indicted by a grand jury. If none of this has happened, yet the police are questioning you, do not answer any questions without your attorney present. You may be under investigation and anything you say can be subsequently used against you.

After being charged, you will be required to go before a judge and enter your plea (guilty, not guilty, etc.). Depending on your situation, the prosecution may request that the judge sets bail for you. Bail is a sum of money that can be posted to secure your release. If you violate the conditions of your bail, you forfeit this money. If you cannot afford to pay bail, you may opt to use the services of a bail bondsman. There may be negative financial consequences to having a bondsman put up your bail instead of paying it directly. The prosecution is likely to request bail if you are a flight risk or pose a threat to the public. Factors such as the seriousness of your offense, and whether you have a history of failing to appear in court can influence the amount of your bail.

While your case is preparing to go to trial, you will likely appear in court for a series of status conferences. We will attend these conferences with you, and handle any discovery demands and pretrial motions. We will prepare our own forensic investigation into your case to pave the way for a successful defense.

During this phase, the prosecutor will probably offer a plea bargain. A plea bargain is when a defendant accepts a reduced sentence or charge in exchange for a guilty plea. Although we can recommend whether you should accept the plea or not, the decision rests with you.

Next, you will face a pretrial conference where the judge will:

  • Determine whether your decision regarding any plea offer is voluntary
  • Make sure that you understand the consequences if you are found guilty at trial
  • Address any outstanding evidentiary issues
  • Schedule the appearance of experts and other witnesses
  • Schedule pre-trial motions
  • Set a date for your trial

If you do not accept a plea offer, and your case has not been dismissed, then we proceed to trial before a judge or a jury.


The Monmouth County Criminal Defense Lawyers at Shebell & Shebell Always Have Your Interest at Heart

Whether fighting for acquittal, the dismissal of your case, or negotiating a favorable plea bargain, we listen to our clients’ concerns and offer guidance every step of the way. We understand that you are facing potentially life-changing consequences, and we are committed to getting the best possible outcome for your case. For a free consultation with one of our top rated criminal defense lawyers, call us at 866-957-5237 or contact us online today.

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Thomas Shebell was an A M A Z I N G attorney for our personal injury case. He made himself available to all our questions and concerns during the whole process. We were very nervous about it all and he set our fears to rest. You instantly believe in him after your first meeting. He was serious yet empathetic, had superb legal knowledge, and great judgement. His staff is also top notch. Words cannot describe how wonderful a lawyer we believe Thomas Shebell to be and would highly recommend him.
Posted by Michele on December 8

My hero, my attorney who is always there for me!

Tom Shebell has represented me and my family members in several cases. Tom is the most prepared lawyer I have ever seen, and demands respect in and outside of the court room. His staff is amazing and never makes you feel as if you are bothering them. I always feel that I am his most important client, and he always takes my call. If he is busy, I am reassured that he will get right back to me and he does. His knowledge of the law and research on your case is impecable, and will never give up until he gets the results that he feels are the best for you. Although he is the most professional attorney I have ever worked with, he refers you call him Tom (not Mr. Shebell), and I am most comfortable calling him Tommy. His cell phone is on his answering service, to comfort you and assuring you that you can reach him if necessary, no matter what. I will never retain another lawyer, unless it is a case that he cannot handle. That has never happened to me. Unfortunately, Tommy is handling a very emotional case for my family, and whenever we discuss it our meet together he is very comforting to us. For a family man, and extremely busy attorney to handle matters like this, it truly takes a special type of person, and extraordiinary human being. If anyone take my advise, Tom Shebell, III is the only attorney that should be called first, and believe me you will not make another call. As I said in my title, he is my true "hero"!
Posted by Sandi on September 17

I am Grateful I was able to have Thomas Shebell for my Lawyer

Thomas Shebell and his staff were very good to work with. They were always professional, but also very down to earth and real. I always felt that my best interest was their main concern. I was always able to call with questions and concerns and was never made to wait or to feel like I was inconveniencing anyone. I always felt that they knew instantly who I was and what was going on with my case. In the end, Thomas was able to get the best possible settlement for me. I am very grateful to have been treated like my case truly mattered to them.
Posted by Toni on March 28

Ferocious Fighter

Tom Shebell and his firm came highly recommended by several reputable people in the community. I come from a family deeply rooted in law enforcement, so I greatly appreciate that Tom grew up with the law as well, hailing from a family of highly respected attorneys. He easily grasped the complexity of my case and eased my concerns, while ferociously fighting for me. One of the moments that stands out to me the most was when I voiced a concern over possible retaliation and he said, "they're going to have come through me first." I wholeheartedly believed him then and now. There is no one else I'd want in my corner than Tom Shebell.
Posted by on February 23

A League Of His Own

Mere words cannot express my gratitude to Thomas F Shebell III. He took on a case, that other attorneys would shy away from and fought vehemently for my husband, myself and our daughter. His tenacity is only surpassed by his kindness and compassion for his clients well-being. I would recommend Mr. Shebell III to anyone who may need an attorney to guide them through a difficult time and see them through to a successful end. Many thanks again to him and his staff!!