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Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with a crime can be one of the most stressful, scary experiences of your lifetime.

To ensure the best possible outcome, you need a dedicated criminal defense attorney on your side.

If you've been charged with a crime, contact Dunne, Dunne & Cohen, LLC, serving Kearny, Hoboken, NJ, and nearby areas.

What Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

Frederick R. Dunne, Jr., F.R. "Chip" Dunne, III, and Leonard B. Cohen have over 60 years of combined legal experience and are ready to represent clients facing criminal charges.

Our attorneys know the intricacies of criminal law and actively advocate to protect your best interests from beginning to end. We will investigate the charge, order of events, and police paperwork to determine if procedure was improperly executed, using it to defend your innocence. Our law offices, serving greater Newark and Jersey City, can help you through the process of investigation, arrest, detainment, and trial. With a strategic defense, we can help present your case fairly, advocate for your rights, protect your interests, and negotiate reduced charges or sentences.

"This firm has brought me peace of mind." See Why Our Clients Trust Us


mike gogliormella


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Dunne Dunne & Cohen have been representing me since 2008. Anything I have ever needed they have been there for me. When your facing certain situations that require legal counsel, it can be a stressful time. This firm has brought me peace of mind and I will continue to rely on them in the future should the situation arise.

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karen pajak


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Lenny’s expertise in understanding my case was undeniable. Amazing analytical abilities and understanding of the court process. He has always been upfront and honest about the possibilities, and was empathetic and compassionate during this difficult time. Highly effective communicator, in court and on a personal level. You will not find a better lawyer or law firm. I cannot thank you and your staff enough for your devotion to our case.

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Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney? Types of Criminal Offenses

At Dunne, Dunne & Cohen, LLC, we represent greater Newark and Jersey City clients at the municipal and federal levels. Our law firm can assist clients with the following types of criminal offenses:

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes include illegal drug use, possession, distribution, manufacturing, trafficking, and school zone offenses. Common substances include marijuana, methamphetamine, narcotics, heroin, and controlled substances, such as prescription pills. Criminal charges related to drug crimes can include anything from health code violations related to prescription pills to involuntary manslaughter connected with DUI.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes can result in severe legal consequences and social stigma. A single conviction can affect the rest of your life, from serving a prison term and being registered as a sex offender to limiting your job and financial opportunities. Common charges include sexual abuse, sexual assault, indecent exposure, prostitution, and sex trafficking.

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes can include assault, aggravated assault, battery, domestic violence, and weapon offenses.

White-Collar Crimes

White-collar crimes include fraud or embezzlement. This financially driven crime is committed by a person or business in an elevated or esteemed position.

Talk to a Lawyer Before  You Talk to Law Enforcement

To protect your rights and interests, you should always consult with an attorney before talking to police or investigators. We encourage clients to exercise the right to remain silent. By speaking with an attorney first, you will know how to answer questions in a way that does not accidentally incriminate you.

Additionally, having a lawyer present from the start can help you ensure that your rights are protected and that due process is followed at all times.

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We encourage our clients to exercise their right to remain silent until they speak to one of our attorneys.

Protect Yourself & Your Future Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Attorneys Today

Having an attorney who is well-versed in criminal defense is crucial to protecting your rights and interests. Our criminal defense attorneys have over 60 years of combined legal experience and can use strong defense strategies that often reduce a charge or sentence. To schedule a free consultation at our law offices, serving greater Newark and Jersey City, contact us today.

Call Us: (201) 998-2727

"Knowledgeable and Tough, Very Tough" Reviews From Some of Our Satisfied Clients


Karen Baker


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Outstanding Legal team.  Behind every great lawyer is even better legal staff. Chip and Fred Dunne have assisted me on several matters of which yielded favorable results. Navigating legal matters requires subject matter experts and also people who have your best interest at heart. I highly recommend this law firm and the staff employed there. You are in the best of hands with Dunne, Dunne  & Cohen.  I could not be happier and with the quality and professionalism of this firm.

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Francisco Pena


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For both divorce and child support/custody issues, call Leonard Cohen at Dunne,Dunne & Cohen. He is great, knowledgeable and tough, very tough! The whole process of going to court was very nerve wracking and Lenny did a great job at being that to ease. I was always treated first class and like I am family. You are in good hands with Dunne,Dunne & Cohen !

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3 Law Offices Serving Greater Newark and Jersey City

Kearny Office - Dunne, Dunne, & Cohen LLC

Kearny Office

683 Kearny Ave

Ste 1

Kearny, NJ 07032

Avon-By-The-Sea Office - Dunne, Dunne, & Cohen LLC

Avon-by-the-Sea Office

304 Lincoln Ave

Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ 07717

Hoboken Office - Dunne, Dunne, & Cohen LLC

Hoboken Office

221 River St

9th Floor

Hoboken, NJ 07030

Are You Being Charged with a Crime?
Here's Why You Should Hire a Defense Attorney

Gain a Trustworthy Advocate

Your criminal defense lawyer will only make recommendations based on your best interests. He will keep you informed of the potential downsides or benefits of each decision you make in the course of your criminal case.

Build a Strong Defense Strategy

Our criminal defense attorneys take the time to thoroughly understand the unique circumstances of your situation to ensure that a solid case is built. We will listen to your side of the case and help you build a strong defense strategy that holds up against the prosecutor's evidence. In some cases, a strong legal strategy can lead to a lighter sentence or even a dismissal of your case.

Get the Best Possible Results

Having an experienced criminal defense team on your side to provide expert counsel and representation can make a significant difference in the results of your case. If the prosecution is offering a plea deal, our attorneys can also give you legal advice and help you decide whether it is in your best interests to accept it.

Avoid Extreme Consequences

If you are convicted of a crime, you could face penalties including community service, probation supervision, jail time, fines, loss of employment, and loss of parental rights (especially if you are facing domestic violence charges). These penalties can seriously affect you for the rest of your life. A lawyer can build a strong defense to try and avoid extreme penalties.

Protect Your Rights

Many people facing criminal charges are unaware that their rights have been violated until a lawyer becomes involved. A lawyer can ensure that all of the evidence in your criminal case was collected legally and that any evidence gathered illegally is not used against you in court.

Expedite the Process

The faster your case concludes, the faster you can clear your name and get back to your normal life. A criminal defense lawyer can ensure that your case is moving along smoothly and take any extra steps necessary to avoid delays.

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Different Degrees of Crimes in New Jersey and Their Consequences

Unlike other states, New Jersey does not use terms like "felonies" and "misdemeanors" to classify types of crimes. Instead, New Jersey classifies crimes as either "indictable offenses" or "disorderly person offenses." Each indictable offense is classified by a degree ranging from first to fourth. Here are the potential penalties for each of the degrees:

First-Degree Crimes Rape, murder, manslaughter, aggravated sexual assault Potential Penalties 10 years to life in prison, maximum fines up to $200,000
Second-Degree Crimes Sex crimes, white-collar crimes, drug crimes, aggravated arson Potential Penalties 5 to 10 years in prison, fines up to $150,000
Third-Degree Crimes Possession of controlled substance, some robbery charges, DUI offenses. arson, motor vehicle theft Potential Penalties 3 to 5 years in prison, fines up to $15,000
Fourth-Degree Crimes Forgery, cyber harassment, some DUI offenses Potential Penalties Up to 18 months in jail, fines up to $10,000

Frequently Asked Questions  from Clients Charged with Crimes

Can I Tell My Lawyer Anything?

Yes. Your attorney's job is to present the best possible defense, protect your rights, defend against any evidence presented by the prosecutor, and get the best possible results for your case. You can be honest with your attorney about the facts of your case. Because of attorney-client privilege, your lawyer cannot be required to testify against you or disclose any private information about you.

When Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

If you are facing criminal charges that could involve community service, fines, or jail time, you need to contact our law firm right away to talk about your options. During your free consultation, our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys will listen to the details of your case and help you decide on the best course of action.

Can I Represent Myself in a Criminal Case?

Yes, but we do not recommend this option. Our criminal defense attorneys have spent over 60 years practicing criminal law and are best-prepared to defend your case against a prosecutor. If you choose to represent yourself, you run the risk of poor results and serious legal ramifications.

What Is a Plea Bargain, and Should I Take It?

In many criminal cases, the prosecutor and your attorney will attempt to negotiate a plea bargain. Typically, a plea bargain arranges for reduced jail time or reduced charges. In exchange, you must plead guilty. Our criminal defense team can give you legal advice and help you determine if you should accept the plea deal, negotiate for a different one, or take the case to court.

What Clients Are Saying About Our Firm "The most honest and caring group of attorneys."

"I have used this office and all the attorneys for many different legal matters. If you are looking for top notch attorneys that care more about the client than the paycheck they receive then look no further!!! You definitely will not find a group of harder working or honest attorneys. All the attorneys put your best interest first and don't try and sell you what you want to hear. they are the most honest and caring group of attorneys that I have ever had the pleasure to deal with!!" Shaun S.
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Dunne, Dunne & Cohen LLC

Dunne, Dunne & Cohen, LLC is a family-owned and operated law firm. Our attorneys have represented clients in in both civil and criminal law for a combined total of over 60 years. Our prestigious distinctions and affiliations include:

  • National Premier Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney 
  • American Institute of Family Attorneys 10 Best 2015
  • American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorney's 2017
  • National Top 10 Trial Lawyers 

If you are looking for legal representation, contact a member of our trustworthy team for a free consultation. You can reach one of our accessible office locations in Hoboken and Kearny, NJ, online, or by calling (201) 998-2727.

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