Middlesex County Criminal Lawyer

New Jersey Traffic Violation and Criminal Defense Attorney

Middlesex County criminal lawyer Leon Matchin is devoted to protecting the rights of individuals charged with drug and alcohol-related offenses, assault and theft crimes, and all types of traffic violations. For over a decade, Mr. Matchin has worked closely with clients to explore all legal remedies and avenues to relief. He continues to provide uncompromising representation and exceptional service to clients throughout New Jersey.

Criminal and Traffic Defense

Leon Matchin understands the importance of criminal defense. Convictions for even small offenses can have long-term consequences that affect a person’s family, reputation, and livelihood. Mr. Matchin has fought trumped-up charges, helped clients avoid harsh penalties, and obtained dismissals or favorable verdicts in a variety of criminal cases involving:

New Jersey Statutes (NJS) 2C:1-4 classify offenses according to penalties. A charge involving intoxication, for example, may be dropped to a “disorderly persons” offense, which is not a crime. Misdemeanors, on the other hand, may refer to first, second, or third degree crimes, depending upon the circumstances. Under N.J.S.2C:43-1, conviction of a misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 6 months’ imprisonment or less. Convictions for “high misdemeanors” or second-degree crimes may result in harsher sentencing and more expensive criminal fines.

Traffic Violations

Traffic offenses are set forth in Title 39 of New Jersey’s Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulations. Criminal conduct and traffic violations are related in many of these statutes. Drivers, for example, may be convicted of assault if they cause bodily injury to another person while operating a motor vehicle. Under N.J.S.C.39:4-50.4a, an assault “by auto or transportation vessel” can be a third-degree crime if the driver operates the vehicle while racing or intoxicated and serious bodily injury results. A drunk-driving conviction may cause impoundment of the vehicle, loss of driving privileges, and installation of an ignition interlock device.

Drunk driving and other alleged traffic violations can be effectively defeated with the help of an experienced attorney. Mr. Matchin has successfully challenged unreliable breath test results, police mishandling, and evidence obtained through an illegal search or seizure. Obtaining lessened or dropped charges can preserve driving records and prevent exponentially increasing insurance rates. The ability to reinstate driving privileges also protects motorists from further violations based on operating a vehicle without a license or insurance. Knowing their dependence on cars to get to work and move freely in life, clients rely on Mr. Matchin to protect their rights.

Protecting Your Rights

Fighting criminal charges requires skilled advocacy by a Middlesex County criminal attorney in all stages of a proceeding, from handling law enforcement and preparing for grand juries to holding prosecutors to their burden of proof. Under Title 2C of the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, proof generally requires demonstrating all elements of a crime and setting forth all defenses related to any:

  • Voluntary act or omission
  • Prescribed or illegal conduct
  • Culpability as to grade of offense
  • Intent, attempt, or negligent behavior
  • Causal relationship between act and result

Mr. Matchin has successfully prevented the admission of unwise pleas and incriminating evidence obtained after arrest. Absent proof of culpability “beyond a reasonable doubt” or by a “preponderance of evidence,” including the crime’s material elements, the case must be dismissed.

Defeating Criminal Charges

If you are facing a criminal charge or alleged traffic violation, Middlesex County criminal lawyer Leon Matchin can help. Seek legal counsel before talking to law enforcement or appearing in court alone. For legal assistance in the Municipal and Superior Courts of Middlesex, Monmouth, and Mercer Counties, as well as in other local communities, call Leon Matchin today at (732) 887-2479 for a free consultation or contact us online.