Woodcliff Lake Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our Woodcliff Lake Criminal Defense Lawyers provide expert knowledge, strategic defense planning, and crucial support throughout the legal process of being brought up on criminal charges in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. The process can be complex and confusing. Our attorneys will guide you through each step, from arraignment to trial, helping you understand your options along the way and leading you to make informed decisions. Our criminal defense lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the specific laws, procedures and court system in Woodcliff Lake, which will significantly enhance your chances of a favorable outcome. A criminal conviction can have long-lasting effects on your life, including your employment prospects, housing opportunities, and personal relationships. Let our Woodcliff Lake criminal defense attorneys work diligently to protect your future by focusing on the best possible outcome in your case.


In New Jersey, some criminal matters are handled in municipal court because they involve less severe offenses that fall under the jurisdiction of the local municipalities. Typically, Woodcliff Lake Municipal Court handles matters such as disorderly persons offenses, traffic violations, local ordinance violations and other offenses that carry lighter penalties than those in the Superior Court.

The Woodcliff Lake Municipal Court is located at 12 DePiero Drive, Montvale, New Jersey.

Some of the types of criminal offenses typically handled by our attorneys include:

Disorderly persons: offenses include a variety of minor criminal acts that can impact public safety and order. Common examples are:

  • Simple Assault: Physical altercations that result in minor injuries.
  • Harassment: Repeated unwanted contact or communication that causes alarm.
  • Shoplifting: Theft of goods valued under a certain amount (usually less than $200).
  • Disorderly Conduct: Engaging in behavior that causes public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, such as fighting or creating a hazardous condition.
  • Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana: Possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana.
  • Resisting Arrest: Using force or threats to avoid being arrested.
  • Trespassing: Entering or remaining on someone else's property without permission.

Penalties for disorderly persons offenses can vary but generally include fines, possible time in the county jail, probation, community service, and in some cases, suspension of driver’s license.

Legal Process: When you are brought up on criminal charges, first you will be formally charged and expected to enter a plea at your arraignment. Then there will be a Pre-Trial Conference where the defense and prosecution may discuss plea bargains or other pre-trial matters. If no plea agreement is reached, your case will go to trial in the Woodcliff Lake Municipal Court, where a judge will hear the case and render a verdict. If you are found guilty, the judge will impose a sentence based on the severity of the offense and other factors.

Having an attorney help you navigate through the complexities of this process is crucial. With legal expertise, strategic defense planning, and dedicated representation, an attorney can ensure that all of the procedural requirements are met, reducing the risk of errors that could negatively impact your case. An attorney like ours at the Aretsky Law Group will manage all of the necessary documentation, filings, and court submissions, ensuring everything is accurate and timely. A skilled attorney can also work on reducing the penalties you face by negotiating for lesser charges, aim for reduced fines, probation instead of jail time, or alternative sentencing options. They will also, if necessary, advocate on your behalf, present evidence, and make compelling arguments to the judge with the ultimate goal of reducing the impact of the offense on your life.


Mitigating the long-term impacts of a criminal conviction is crucial to protecting your future. Our attorneys understand how a criminal record can affect various aspects of your life and strive to protect your future as much as possible. With years of experience in the industry and within Woodcliff Lake, the lawyers that specialize in criminal defense at the Aretsky Law Group have a strong record of achieving positive results for our clients. So don’t wait, contact us today for your free consultation 201-580-3411.

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