Former Prosecutor Proudly Serving Southern New Jersey
Criminal Defense, Juvenile Matters, Traffic,
DWI & Municipal Court Defense
Our office proudly serves the community of South Jersey. Client relationships are at the core of our practice. When you walk into our office and retain legal services, you will always be working directly with Lawrence L. Hubert on a person-to-person basis. The latter is the cornerstone of Mr. Hubert’s practice. Mr. Hubert fights for your rights on an individual basis. You will be treated in the highest regard before, during and after your case has been resolved. Mr. Hubert prides himself on taking great care and responsibility with your case as you and your family go through this difficult time. We are here to answer every call and question, every step of the way.
Our legal practice services Gloucester County and the following surrounding counties in South Jersey: Camden County, Salem County, Cumberland County, Burlington County and Atlantic County. In addition, Mr. Hubert also practices outside of these counties as needed.
Lawrence Hubert is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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We Provide Legal Services For The Following Areas Of Practice and Types of Cases:
- DWI/DUI Cases including DUI Drug Cases
- Personal Injury Cases
- Workers Compensation Cases
- Criminal Defense Cases
- Municipal Court Cases
- College Student Defense
- Juvenile Delinquency Cases
- Felony & Misdemeanor Drug Cases
- Shoplifting Cases
- Theft, Burglary, and Fraud Cases
- Assault Cases
- Domestic Violence Cases
- No Insurance Cases and Driving While Suspended Cases
Other General Legal Services Including Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney, and Notary Services are available.
FORMER PROSECUTOR NOW FIGHTING TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED IN SOUTH JERSEY
FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES? RELY ON SEASONED EXPERTISE YOU CAN TRUST
When you or someone you love is the target of a criminal investigation or has been arrested and/or formally charged with a criminal offense in South Jersey, there’s no one better to have in your corner than Lawrence L. Hubert.
Mr. Hubert has built a solid and distinguished reputation as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the area. For more than 30 years, clients have benefited from his astute legal acumen, passionate advocacy, and tireless pursuit of achieving the best possible outcome in every case he takes on. He is fiercely committed to providing each client with integrity, compassion, and respect.
ACT QUICKLY TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS
Time is of the essence in a criminal case. Law enforcement officers are collaborating with county prosecutors right now to build their case against you. Your freedom, future, and reputation are on the line. You can’t afford to wait.
WE URGE YOU TO CALL THE HUBERT LAW OFFICE 856-384-6553 TO REQUEST A FREE CONSULTATION.
When you sit down with Mr. Hubert, he will explain the charges against you, discuss your legal options, and answer all of your questions. We are conveniently located in Woodbury, NJ and serve the following counties: Gloucester County, Camden County, Salem County, Cumberland County, Burlington County and Atlantic County.
BENEFITS OF HIRING CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY LAWRENCE HUBERT
Here are just some of the reasons you can trust Mr. Hubert to represent you at this difficult time:
FAMILIARITY WITH LOCAL CRIMINAL COURTS
Mr. Hubert has in-depth knowledge of the local procedures and rules governing the New Jersey criminal court system and regularly defends charges in Municipal and Superior Courts in Gloucester County and the surrounding counties. He is one of a distinct few to be Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Municipal Court Law Attorney. In addition, Mr. Hubert is well known and respected by local police departments, prosecutors, judges, and probation officers.
The Hubert Law Office has the man-power and resources to thoroughly investigate every aspect of your case. We analzye the crime scene, review police reports, gather and examine evidence, interview witnesses and more. No stone will be left unturned in an effort to weaken the prosecution’s case.
SAVVY NEGOTIATION SKILLS
Going to trial can be avoided when you have a skilled negotiator on your side. Mr. Hubert knows how to present cogent and persuasive arguments that force the prosecutor’s hand. He’s had great success negotiating plea deals resulting in reduced or dismissed charges, entry into diversionary programs, and not-guilty verdicts.
TOUGH LITIGATION SKILLS
Although the majority of criminal cases are resolved in plea negotiations, Mr. Hubert meticulously prepares every case for trial. You can expect nothing less than a zealous defense in the courtroom. From selecting a jury to cross-examining witnesses to objecting to improper evidence, he will put you in the best position to win.
FORMER PROSECUTORIAL EXPERIENCE
As a former Gloucester County Assistant Prosecutor and Municipal Court Prosecutor, Mr. Hubert has unique insight into how the other side operates. This “insider” knowledge helps him stay “one step ahead” of the prosecution. He knows how the prosecution gathers evidence, decides the charges to file, and builds their case to go to trial and he’ll use this to your advantage.
PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF DEVELOPING WINNING DEFENSES
Mr. Hubert’s legal career spans three decades. He’s seen and done it all as a criminal defense lawyer. When he takes on your case, he’ll tailor a defense strategy to your specific needs. Probing questions he may ask could include:
- Does the prosecution lack sufficient evidence to prove the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt?
- Did you act in self-defense?
- Do you have an alibi?
- Were your rights violated due to an unlawful search, mishandled evidence, or illegal arrest?
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU GET ARRESTED IN NEW JERSEY
The criminal law process unfolds in a series of stages beginning with an arrest and ending before, during, or after a trial. Under the U.S. Constitution and New Jersey law, you have the right to due process which means law enforcement must follow a certain set of legal procedures and protocol. Mr. Hubert is ready and willing to assist you at all stages of the criminal process. The sooner you retain his services, the better off you’ll be.
If you’ve been arrested in New Jersey, it’s either because:
- A police officer witnessed you committing a crime;
- A police officer received a criminal complaint from a citizen;
- A police officer had a valid arrest warrant;
- A grand jury returned an indictment.
If you allegedly committed a minor offense, the officer will issue a citation with instructions to appear in municipal court for a first appearance at a later date. For other crimes, you will be handcuffed and transported to the police station or local jail to be booked.
You have the right to remain silent. It can be tempting to want to deny any involvement in the alleged crime but anything you say to the police can be used against you as evidence in court. The smartest thing to do is remain silent until you have an attorney present.
Upon arriving at the facility, a booking officer will gather information about you (your name, address, birthdate), check take your photograph, fingerprint you, and place your personal belongings in a bag.
If you were charged with an indictable offense, you must appear before a judge for a detention hearing. At this hearing, a judge will decide to release you on your own recognizance with certain conditions or remand/detain you until trial.
UNDERSTANDING NEW JERSEY’S BAIL REFORMS
The bail system in New Jersey drastically changed in 2017. Prior to this date, if you were charged with a crime, a judge would set bail and you would have to pay the amount in order to be released from custody. Today, a judge determines conditions of your release based on the nature of the offense, your criminal history, and whether you are a flight risk or serious risk to the community.
NEW JERSEY CRIMINAL COURTS – MUNICPAL VS. SUPERIOR
The majority of New Jersey citizens arrested for crimes enter the judicial system through a municipal court in the city, town, or township where the arrest occurred. A municipal court handles minor crimes cases involving traffic and parking tickets, minor crimes or disorderly persons offenses (misdemeanors), petty disorderly persons offenses, municipal ordinances, and fishing and gaming violations.
There are no formal trials in municipal court, and the judge alone (not a jury) will hear a case. The judge in Municipal Court can sentence a defendant for up to 6 months but can also impose additional penalties such as suspending a driver’s license. Although you do not have the right to a jury trial in Municipal court, you do have the right to a hearing and the right to an attorney.
FIRST APPEARANCE IN MUNICIPAL COURT
If you received a summons indicating a court appearance date at a local municipal court, it’s helpful to know what to expect when your day in court arrives. The judge presiding over the court will call your case forward and advise you of your rights. At this time, you must enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. The judge will then set a future trial date for your case to be heard.
MUNICIPAL COURT LOCATIONS
Gloucester Municipal Court
City Hall, 313 Monmouth Street
Gloucester City, NJ 08030
Deptford Township Municipal Court
1011 Cooper St.
Deptford NJ 08096
Glassboro Municipal Court
1 S. Main St.
Glassboro NJ 08028
Washington Township Municipal Court
1 McClure Drive
Sewell NJ 08080
West Deptford Municipal Court
400 Crown Point Road
West Deptford, NJ
Monroe Township Municipal Court
125 Virginia Ave.
Williamstown NJ 08094
East Greenwich (Woodbury) Joint Municipal Court
59 Democrat Road
Mickleton NJ 08056
In contrast to the New Jersey Municipal Court which handles minor criminal offenses, the New Jersey Superior Court hears cases that involve idictable felony charges which carry stiffer penalties. These cases are originally processed in a municipal court but ultimately sent to the Criminal Divison of the New Jersey Superior Court and assigned to county prosecutor.
Gloucester County Superior Court
70 Hunter St.
Woodbury NJ 08096
Indictable offenses heard in Superior Court are divided into four separate classifications with the first degree being the most serious.
Fourth degree offenses — stalking, forgery, marijuana offenses
- Up to 18 months of imprisonment
- Up to $10,000 in fines
Third degree offenses — arson, shoplifting goods valued at $500-$700
- 3 to 5 years imprisonment
- Up to $15,000 in fines
Second degree offenses — armed burglary
- 5 to 10 years imprisonment
- Up to $150,000 in fines
First degree offenses — armed robbery, murder, aggravated sexual assault
- 10 to 20 years of imprisonment
AVOID PROSECUTION AND CONVICTION THROUGH A NEW JERSEY DIVERSION PROGRAM
If you were charged with a minor or non-violent crime and have no prior criminal history, you may be eligible to participate in one of New Jersey’s diversionary programs. These programs serve as alternatives to the traditional court process and are focused on rehabilitation rather than punishment.
If accepted into a diversionary program, you must agree to comply with certain terms and conditions, such as: supervised probation for a period of six months to three years, random urine tests, drug and alcohol treatment, counseling, community service, and payment of restitution. If you successfully fulfill the program’s requirements, your charges will be dismissed and you’ll have the opportunity to expunge the arrest from your record.
TYPES OF DIVERSIONARY PROGRAMS IN NJ
New Jersey offers four primary types of diversion programs: Pre-trial intervention, conditional discharge, conditional dismissal, and the Veterans Referral program. Mr. Hubert will help choose the right program for you and will be your advocate during the applications process.
Pre-trial Intervention (PTI): PTI is a diversionary program designed to help first-time offenders charged with third and fourth-degree indictable crimes avoid the harsh consequences of a felony conviction.
Some of these crimes may include:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent to distribute drugs
- Prescription drug crimes
- Theft crimes
HOW TO APPLY
To be considered for PTI program, you would need to apply at the criminal intake division at the Superior Court in your county within 28 days of charges being filed. You will be interviewed by a probation officer who will gather information about you and make a recommendation to the prosecutor’s office as to whether you are a good candidate for PTI.
If you get the greenlight from the prosecutor, criminal division manager and judge, you will be placed into the program. You will go before a judge who will sign an order of suspension that esentially suspends or “freezes” the charges against you. If you successfully complete the program, the charges will be dismissed.
You will not be eligible for PTI if you have an existing conviction or have been on parole, probation, or subject to incarceration within the five years prior to arrest.
Conditional Discharge – The conditional discharge program is available to individuals charged with certain minor drug charges or misdemeanors such as possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Eligible candidates must have no prior drug-related criminal history or participated in a diversionary program before.
Conditional Dismissal — The conditonal dismissal program is a good option for individuals who have pled guilty or were found guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense, disorderly persons offense or other non-indictable offenses.
The following offenses will automatically disqualify you from the program:
- organized crime or gang activity
- a continuing criminal business or enterprise
- a breach of the public trust by a public official or employee
- an offense against an elderly, disabled or minor person;
- domestic violence
- animal cruelty offenses
- drug offenses
Veterans Referral Program
The Veterans Referral Program is available to active and former military service members who are suffering from a mental condition and have been charged with a non-violent third or fourth degree crime. This program provides mental heatlh and rehabilitative treatment in lieu of criminal prosecution. Criminal defense lawyer Mr. Hubert is a proud Veteran and former Marine Corps Officer who takes great pride in helping his fellow comrades get their lives back on track.
DEFENDING AGAINST A WIDE RANGE OF CRIMES
No one likes to see flashing red and blue lights in their rear-view mirror. Mr. Hubert represents individuals charged with a variety of traffic crimes including speeding tickets, driving without insurance, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and serious traffic violations involving injuries.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
New Jersey DUI (Driving under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) arrests are highly serious matters which can lead to a mandatory driver’s license suspension, fines, higher insurance rates, and drug and alcohol treatment/counseling. You may even be subject to incarceration in the county jail — up to 30 days for a first offense, up to 90 days for a second offense, and a mandatory 180 days for a third offense.
The good news is — even if your blood acohol content (BAC) was over the legal limit of 0.8 percent, there are effective criminal defense strategies that can be used to successfully beat a DUI charge.
Mr. Hubert is an experienced DUI attorney who is well-equipped to tackle the complex issues involved in your case, including: analyzing the police report, police videos, chemical and lab test results and other evidence which the prosecution intends to use against you. He is trained by Draeger Safety Diagnostics, Inc., the manufacturer of New Jersey’s approved breath testing instrument, the Alcotest.
Whether your a first-time or repeat offender, Mr. Hubert will devise a strong defense aimed at keeping your criminal record clean and preserving your driving privileges.
DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE
New Jersey prohibits driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license. Depending on whether you are a first-time or repeat offender, you could face fines between $500-$1,000, up to six months additional license suspension, and 10 days in jail.
DRIVING WITHOUT INSURANCE
New Jersey law requires every registered vehicle in the state to be covered by motor vehicle liability insurance. If you are caught driving without insurance, you could face a fine up to $1,000, community service, and a one-year driver’s license suspension for a first conviction. The penalties for a second conviction are stiffer and include fines up to $5,000, community service, up to 14 days in jail, and a two-year license suspension.
In New Jersey it is a crime to possess, distribute, manufacture, or traffick controlled dangerous substances. Drug crimes can be prosecuted either as felonies or misdemeanors based on the type of drug involved, the amount of drugs,
Mr. Hubert always aims to get drug charges dismissed but in certain circumstances may negotiate more lenient sentencing options like admission into certain diversonary programs including the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) and Conditional Dismissal Program.
JUVENILE CRIME DEFENSE
If your son or daughter has been charged with a juvenile offense in New Jersey, you need a criminal defense lawyer who will fight to protect their future. Lawrence Hubert understands the complexities of the juvenile court system and knows what it takes to deliver positive outcomes for his young clients. With more than 30 years of criminal defense experience, you can trust your child will be in good hands.
Most cases involving alleged offenders under the age of 18 being in Family Court. Here, the focus is on rehabilitation not punishment. However, for serious violent crimes, the prosecutor may seek to have the case transferred to adult criminal court.
COMMON JUVENILE CRIMES
- disorderly conduct
- traffic offenses.
- DUI or
- auto theft,
- underage drinking,
- drug possession or distribution
- Sexual assault
POTENTIAL JUVENILE CRIME PENALTIES
- Drug and alcohol testing
- Community service
- Driver’s license suspension
- Commitment to juvenile detention facility
Are you facing accusations of assault? Without proper legal counsel, you risk facing serious penalties including jail time.
Assault charges in New Jersey are divided into two categories: simple assault and aggravated assault. The severity of punishment depends on a variety of factors including
the nature and extent of physical force used; nature and extent of injuries sustained by the victim, and whether a weapon was involved.
Simple assault is defined as knowlingly or negligently causing bodily harm, or putting someone in fear of bodily harm. This is charged as a disorderly persons offens and is punishable by up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Simple assault can become aggravated assault if: a deadly weapon was involved or the victim was a law enforcement officer, fireman, paramedic, teacher, or judge.
Aggravated assault is defined as causing serious bodily injury on purpose, and/or with indifference to human life, or using a deadly/dangerous weapon with intent to cause bodily harm. A conviction for aggravated assault can result in up to 10 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines.
Being accused of domestic violence can turn your personal relationships upside down. Whether you have been falsely accused or just lost your temper, you need a strong legal advocate to shield you from harsh penalties. The following individuals are protected under the New Jersey Domestic Violence Prevention Act:
- A current or former spouse or romantic partner
- Current or former household members
- People who share a child together
A wide breadth of crimes can be charged as a domestic violence offense, some of which include:
- Sexual assault
It’s likely that your accuser will try to get a temporary restraining order against you. Criminal defense attorney Lawrence Hubert can represent you in restraining order proceedings and seek to either prevent a restraining order from being issued or limit it’s scope to the greatest extent possible.
In New Jersey, theft encompasses a wide range of criminal offenses including shoplifting, robbery, burglary, grand larceny, carjacking, identify theft, credit card fraud, and more. Punishment for conviction of a theft crime depends on the degree of the crime and value of property stolen.
Theft in the fourth degree
- theft of property or services valued between $200-$500
- punishable by up to 18 months in prison and fines up to $10,000
Theft in the third degree
- theft of property or services valued at more than $500 but less than $75,000
- includes firearm theft, motor vehicle theft, robbery, breach of fiduciary duty theft, prescription theft, etc.
- punishable by three to five years in prison and fines up to $15,000.
Theft in the second degree
- the most serious theft charges you can face
- includes property valued at more than $75,000, or property taken by extortion
- punishable by five to 10 years in prison and fines up to $150,000.
Disorderly persons offense
- Stolen property less than $200
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