Tough, Effective Criminal Defense In The Tri-State Area

Whether it involves a traffic offense or a federal felony, being accused of breaking the law will mean big changes in your life. Even a minor conviction can be costly. A federal felony conviction can get you years or even decades behind bars, away from your family and with little prospect for a normal life once you get out.

You have rights — including the right to hire an attorney who will be on your side, who will aggressively challenge the case against you, and who will fight hard to protect you.

I'm attorney Joseph M. Horn, Esq., and before I became a criminal defense lawyer, I was a police officer in Mahwah, New Jersey. That experience taught me how important it is for every criminal defendant to have a strong advocate who can explain their rights and tell their side of the story. Without the right advocate, you can get lost in the system.

Don't Let A Criminal Conviction Ruin Your Career And Future

With my years of experience as a defense attorney, a police officer and a certified police instructor, I can ably defend you in a broad range of criminal cases, including bail and bond hearings. I fight for my clients in cases large and small, because I know that even a minor charge is a major event in your life.

I defend adults and juveniles in New Jersey's municipal courts, in the state courts of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and in federal court. I am prepared to handle offenses such as:

ALERT: If you were arrested for a crime in New Jersey after May 20, 2016, you need to know that the state has changed the way it processes criminal cases. The goals were to standardize the bail and bond process and to reduce waiting times for trial, but defendants often find themselves lost in a system that was not quite prepared for the changes.

As a result, you may be stuck in jail for up to 72 hours before a judge is available to arraign you and set your bail. If you're arrested for any first-, second-, third- or fourth-degree crime in New Jersey, call me right away at 201-479-2858.

I Can Tell Whether Law Enforcement Made Mistakes Or Violated Your Rights

With my background in law enforcement and more than 15 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, I have an unusual degree of knowledge about criminal and police procedure. In fact, I am a certified instructor by the Police Training Commission in New Jersey and a guest lecturer on criminal law at several area law schools.

What that means for you is that I can understand what police reports say — and what they don't say. I will notice the red flags that may indicate weaknesses in the evidence. I can see the situation from a police officer's perspective and use that knowledge to help you.

Don't Hesitate To Get An Attorney. Call Me Now For A Free Case Evaluation.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you can't afford to sit back and hope for the best. I am happy to evaluate your situation confidentially at no cost. Call 201-479-2858 or contact me online. I can meet you at my Hackensack office or by appointment in Mineola, Long Island, or in Belmar, New Jersey.