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Have you been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, DWI, or serious traffic matter? If so then you have come to the right place. McGuckin Law is an Ocean County based law firm that dedicates its practice to assisting individuals like you who are facing serious criminal or traffic charges in municipal or superior court. It is important that you take your time in determining what consequences you are facing, possible defenses, and which lawyer or law office is the right fit for you. Our firm specializes in various areas of criminal defense, including:
Please feel free to explore our site or contact our office for more information. You can reach us for a free consultation at 732.924.4200. We are available 24/7 and located in Toms River.
As one of the largest townships in New Jersey, Toms River prosecutes a high number of DWI and Refusal charges each month. NJ DWI penalties are severe and municipal prosecutors are very tough when it comes to Driving While Intoxicated and related charges that may include:
In order to successfully convict you of a DWI or Drug DUI, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you 1) operated a motor vehicle 2) while intoxicated. With a staff trained by certified field sobriety instructors, we will fight hard to protect your rights and secure a dismissal or downgrade of your DWI or Refusal. Browse our Ocean County DWI Practice Center for more information or click on our Toms River DUI Lawyer page.
It is well known that Toms River is in the crosshairs of the so-called Heroin Epidemic that is plaguing teenagers and adults alike throughout our state. Our team assists clients who are facing Heroin possession and other drug-related charges in Toms River and throughout Ocean County, including:
In addition to aggressively defending you or your loved one from the serious charges you are facing, we also provide valuable resources for our clients who have unfortunately fallen into the struggle of addiction and need help. Additionally, we are well practiced in admitting clients into Drug Court and other diversionary programs. For more information, please visit our Ocean County Drug Resource Center or our Toms River Heroin and Marijuana Lawyer page.
Toms River also sees its fair share of theft and fraud related crimes. These matters will be heard in Toms River Municipal Court or Ocean County Superior Court. We handle theft charges that include:
Toms River Shoplifting charges are especially prevalent due to the sheer number of supermarkets, retail centers, and the Ocean County Mall within its borders. Our team is experienced in beating these charges or securing downgrades or entrance into diversionary programs such as Pre-Trial Intervention or Conditional Dismissals. For more information, visit our Ocean County Theft and Fraud Practice Center or Toms River Shoplifting Lawyer page.
We assist clients facing assault and threat related offenses including simple assault, aggravated assault, domestic violence, terroristic threats, harassment, stalking, and criminal mischief. Depending upon factors such as the extent of the injury suffered and the existence of a weapon, assault and threat charges may be heard in Toms River Municipal Court or Ocean County Superior Court. Please visit our Ocean County Assault and Threat Crime Practice Center for more information.
Juvenile criminal offenses committed in Toms River will be heard in Ocean County Family Court in the Ocean County Superior Court complex. Juvenile offenses are adjudicated differently from those committed by adults. The goal of the Court and the Prosecutor’s Office is more heavily geared toward behavior modification of the child as opposed to retributive punishment. While some offenses when committed by juveniles are serious enough to warrant juvenile detention, the majority of such cases are settled through deferred dispositions, counseling, and probationary treatment. We assist juveniles facing charges in Toms River that include:
For more information on Toms River Juvenile Offenses, please visit our Ocean County Juvenile Offender Practice Center.
Disorderly Conduct and related charges spike throughout the Jersey Shore in the summer months. Toms River, with its proximity to popular beach towns such as Seaside Park, Point Pleasant Beach, and Lavallette, increases its prosecution of Disorderly Conduct and Jersey Shore-related charges that include:
If you or your child is facing one of these charges, it is important to understand that an arrest arising out of what seemed like harmless fun may lead to a criminal record if not handled properly. We will work with the prosecutors to secure a downgrade or dismissal of these charges so that a momentary lapse in judgment does not result in a lasting criminal record. For more information on Disorderly Conduct and related charges please visit our Toms River Disorderly Conduct page or our Jersey Shore Crimes Practice Center.
Unfortunately, there are hundreds of arrests each year in Toms River for domestic violence incidents that often give rise to the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order against one or both of the parties involved. These matters are highly delicate because they typically involve husband and wife or people in an otherwise romantic relationship. Often, children are involved and divorce proceedings may not be far off. Compounding these situations is the dual nature of these charges- criminal and family. Usually, the underlying event, predicate act, is the basis for a criminal complaint that will be heard in municipal or superior court while the Final Restraining Order Hearing will take place in Ocean County Family Court. While restraining orders are useful and necessary tools for people who are unfortunate enough to be caught in the cycle of domestic abuse, it is a sad reality that many of TROs are sought for personal reasons such as leverage in divorce or custody proceedings or retribution. Often, these matters are dismissed as a result of domestic contretemps, the sometimes volatile nature of people in relationships. We assist clients in the defense and prosecution of TRO and Final Restraining Order Hearings, in addition to those facing Contempt of Final Restraining Order charges, stalking, harassment, simple assault, and terroristic threats. For more information please visit our Ocean County Restraining Order Practice Center.
While we are not the sort of firm that will bombard your mailbox with piles of unwanted letters when you receive a speeding ticket, we are here to help you achieve a dismissal or downgrade of your traffic offense. Many traffic offenses are quite serious, carrying the threat of jail time, license suspension, points, and surcharges. We understand New Jersey traffic law and would love the opportunity to assist you in ensuring that your traffic violation causes as little damage to your license and your wallet as possible. If you are facing Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended, Careless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, or Speeding, please feel free to give us a call or visit our Ocean County Traffic Ticket Resource Center for more information.
The Honorable James A. Ligouri and Damian G. Murray preside over Toms River Municipal Court, which disposed of over 23,000 filings last year alone. The Court is located at 255 Oak Avenue in Toms River. It can be reached at (732) 797-3914. Court sessions are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please feel free to view the map below for your convenience.
McGuckin Law is an Ocean County firm that will work hard for you. Call us today at (732) 924.4200 for a free consultation.