Common Mistakes Criminal Case Clients Make

  1. Not hiring a criminal lawyer: It’s commonly stated that only guilty people demand an attorney – but it’s not true, and it can be a huge mistake. Most people don’t have a lot of experience in the criminal justice system and can easily find themselves backed into a corner in this stressful and frightening environment. A criminal lawyer understands this process and can help guide you while protecting your rights. They are not simply available to defend you in court, but can also assist the case in being concluded quickly and in your favor.
  2. Not being courteous: When being questioned, a lot of people respond by being aggressive or impolite – after all, it’s a frightening and stressful position to be in. However, the best response is to stay calm and politely respond to any questions by stating that you would like your attorney present. This prevents the situation from escalating or becoming violent.
  3. Talking about the case: Talking about your case to anyone other than your defense attorney and legal team can quickly destroy a strong defense. Talking to other people in jail, to the media and even to friends and family is a serious mistake that can have bad implications for your case. If someone wants to speak to you, clear it with your lawyer first.
  4. Playing an active role in your defense: Often, people feel like they can help their case by demanding that certain motions are filed or conducting their own legal research, but this is extremely counterproductive and can hurt your case. Remember, your criminal lawyer is on your side – they want to win and are going to use their extensive experience, their instincts and their expertise to give you the best possible chance.
  5. Not hiring the right criminal lawyer: If you have criminal charges against you, your family attorney is not going to be able to assist you. Neither will an inexperienced attorney. What you need is someone who knows the system inside out, who understands every side of your case and knows exactly how to represent you in order to deliver the best quality defense – the defense you deserve – so choose experience and professionalism first.

Choose New Jersey criminal lawyer you can trust

When hiring a criminal attorney, trust is key. Dennis Calo is a widely respected former prosecutor who has considerable experience as a criminal and civil trial attorney. He has worked in the justice system for 40 years and, during the last 20 years he has focused on a wide range of criminal defense cases, including theft, homicide, assault and sex crimes.

If you are facing a criminal charge, you need a lawyer who can provide expert assistance as soon as possible. A former prosecutor is uniquely positioned to give you the advice you need to deliver a strong, effective representation of your case and fight it from every possible angle. If you want a criminal defense lawyer that you can trust to defend your case professionally and aggressively, contact us today for a free case evaluation and find out how Dennis Calo can help you.


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5 Things to Know about Sex Crimes in New Jersey

  1. In New Jersey, ‘sexual assault’ is a term used to cover many types of sex crimes. This includes rape, statutory rape (when the victim is under the age of 18) and non-consensual sex (the victim is unable to give consent, for example, he or she is unconscious).
  2. Sexual assault is considered a felony in New Jersey. Penalties will depend on the exact nature of the crime, but it is generally considered a 2nd degree crime carrying a penalty of up to 10 years behind bars.
  3. Conviction means registering as a sex offender. When someone is found guilty of sexual assault, they have to register as a sexual offender with the State of New Jersey. This is a sentence that carries life-long implications and restrictions.
  4. Aggravated sexual assault is a more serious charge. This charge is laid when there are additional circumstances to consider. For example, if the victim was under 13 years old, if a weapon was used or if the assault occurred during the commission of another crime. This is treated as a 1st degree crime with a potential 20 years behind bars.
  5. New Jersey has strict penalties for other sex crimes. These include child abuse, sexual contact (touching) and lewdness (exhibitionism). Child abuse cases in particular are often dealt with more severely than other sexual assault cases and carry even more devastating implications for the reputation and future of anyone convicted of such a crime.

As you can see, sexual assault cases are dealt with severely by the law enforcement and justice system, which is why it is vitally important that you have the right defense attorney by your side if you are facing any of these charges. There are many defense strategies that work against these charges and your attorney will be able to evaluate the strength of the case against you and work with you to develop a strong and aggressive defense.

Get the Robust and Effective Defense you Deserve

Dennis Calo is a sex crimes defense attorney with over 40 years of experience behind him. As a former prosecutor, he understands both sides of the case to provide clients with the best possible defense against a wide range of charges, including sex crimes.

Skilled at investigating cases, preparing defenses and representing clients at trial, Dennis treats each case with the individual attention and dedication that it deserves. From the moment you call, to developing your strategy and fighting your charges, he will be there each step of the way.

If you want a trusted and highly recognized attorney to defend your sex crime charges professionally and aggressively, contact us today for a free case evaluation and find out how Dennis Calo can help you.


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