Lacey Township Criminal Lawyer

Lacey Township can be found off of US Route 9, just south of Toms River.  Crime rates in Lacey Township and its surrounding communities, such as Lanoka Harbor and Bamber Lakes have traditionally been very low, with the majority of crimes being theft.  However, Lacey Township has experienced a disturbing increase in crime within the last few years, which Police Chief William Nally blames on several factors, including the economic recession, increased use of heroin and other opiates, and a decrease in police manpower.

For example, marijuana possession and distribution among teens account for many of the arrests in Lacey.  Especially disturbing to law enforcement is that many of these teens think nothing of selling or smoking marijuana in broad daylight, usually in their cars.  Furthermore, police often find these youths in possession of other contraband, such as fireworks, weapons and stolen merchandise.  There has also been a significant rise in fraud and identity theft, which is directly related to the increase in theft and burglaries. In addition to high end electronics and cash, thieves are also stealing identifying information that can be used to drain a person’s bank account or file a false tax return.  Identity theft is a complex crime, often comprised of multiple crimes such as forgery, falsifying or tampering with records, and unauthorized access to a computer or database.  These are very serious charges, punishable by massive fines and time in prison.  It’s also quite likely that the victims will also file a civil suit for their monetary loss.

Increased Lacey Township Police on the Streets

Despite the shortage in manpower, Chief Nally has put most of his force back on the road, meaning that you are more likely than ever to be stopped or pulled over by the police.  If you have been arrested for a criminal offense in Lacey Township, you must take the proper steps to protect your rights and fight your charges.  First and foremost, you will need to speak with an attorney who is experienced in criminal defense.

At Villani & DeLuca, your case will be handled by Partner Carmine R. Villani, Esq. and Associate Timothy L. Horn, Esq.  Mr. Villani has over 20 years of experience in the prosecution and defense of criminal cases, having served as municipal prosecutor and public defender for numerous municipalities throughout Ocean and Monmouth County.  Mr. Horn has been representing criminal defendants for over 11 years, both in private practice and as the Assistant Public Defender of Colts Neck.  Our Lacey Township criminal lawyers can answer any questions you have about the criminal justice process, and formulate the most effective defense for reducing or eliminating your charges.

Contact a Lacey Township Criminal Lawyer Today!

Whenever possible, our Lacey Township criminal lawyers will work to keep you out of court through diversionary programs such as pretrial intervention and conditional discharge.  These programs are an alternative to the traditional criminal trial process, and will help you avoid the burden of a permanent criminal record.  Another option is to negotiate a plea with the prosecutor for a reduction of your charges, which can help you avoid devastating consequences such as loss of your driver’s license and time in prison.  However, if going to trial is your best option, Mr. Villani and Mr. Horn have extensive trial experience in municipal courts throughout Ocean and Monmouth County.  They would be happy to discuss all our criminal defense services in detail during a free, no-obligation consultation.  Please call (732) 965-3350 to schedule your consultation with a Lacey Township criminal lawyer!