Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Getting arrested is probably one of the worst experiences a person can go through. In criminal cases, your goal is to defeat the evidence presented against you by the prosecution. Law enforcement officials will be collecting evidence against you from the moment you are arrested. It is crucial that you have a lawyer to ensure that your constitutional rights are protected and that you begin formulating your defense immediately. Our criminal defense attorneys will aggressively defend you. We strategically pursue every avenue of defense available for our clients. Whether you were charged with a DUI or a more serious crime, such as a drug offense, we will work hard to give you the best possible defense available for your situation. Our attorneys will make it a point to carefully examine your case, gather evidence, investigate possible strategies and argue in and out of court on your behalf. We will explain the process to you at every step, making sure you, your family and your witnesses are well prepared for what is to come. Most importantly, we will fight for you when it seems like nobody else will.


Even if you were not convicted of a crime, having an arrest on your record can be detrimental. Under certain conditions, arrests for criminal charges can be cleared from your record through a process known as expungement. The term “expungement” is generally used to refer to the destruction or sealing of a criminal record. An expungement, pardon or sealing of a criminal record may not possible in every situation. Whether or not you are eligible for any of these depends on factors including the final disposition of your case. Getting your criminal record cleared or sealed has several advantages, but requires strategy and comprehensive review of you complete criminal record. Don’t let a mistake from your past or even a wrongful conviction follow you for years into the future and hold you back in life. If you are interested in pursuing an expungement, a pardon or a sealing of your record, contact our office now for more information.


Our law firm understands the anxiety and fear one feels after being arrested for drunk driving, and we will diligently represent you to ensure the best possible resolution for your case. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime in New Jersey and it can carry numerous collateral consequences that can cause problems for years. Therefore, you need a DUI defense attorney who knows the law inside and out and understands how to properly defend your case. Our lawyers will carefully evaluate your case, which allows you to make an informed decision on whether to go to trial or to negotiate a plea bargain. We will review the evidence, including breathalyzer results, police reports, testing procedures and witness statements. At all times and in every way, we will protect your rights.


If you or a loved one is facing theft charges, you need experienced legal representation as soon as possible. Theft offenses include: larceny, embezzlement, obtaining money or goods by false pretenses, drawing and passing a bad check and other violations of the general theft statutes. A theft conviction can result in numerous serious consequences that can impact many areas of a person’s life. These include jail or prison, probation, fines and restitution, as well as a permanent criminal record. Our attorneys work directly with the prosecuting attorneys early on in order to negotiate restitution and obtain the fresh start our clients deserve.


Driving is a part of daily life, and the more we drive, the higher the probability of getting a traffic ticket. Traffic violations are more than simple nuisances or inconveniences. If you were charged with speeding, reckless driving or texting or talking on your cell phone while driving, you should be aware of the consequences beyond the fines that you may pay if you are convicted. Your insurance premiums are likely to go up, and subsequent traffic tickets can lead to even more serious legal consequences such as a suspended driver’s license. With Mavinkurve & Patel’s attorneys on your defense, you can trust that you have an expert in traffic law, who will study your unique situation and build the best case.

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