Criminal Defense

Protecting Your Rights
When facing criminal charges, you deserve to choose a law firm that has the skill and experience to confidently advocate on your behalf. For over 30 years, the Law Offices of Ralph A. Paolone has been dedicated to providing exceptional legal services to clients across Atlantic County, NJ, and surrounding areas. We offer criminal defense representation for clients facing criminal and traffic offenses, and would be proud to put our experience to work for you.

Criminal Offenses

We provide skilled legal defense for individuals charged with felonies and criminal offenses. Understanding the severity of the threat our clients are facing, we will take the time to understand and develop a strong strategy for your case in order to achieve the best resolution possible.


Burglary charges are typically graded as third-degree offenses in New Jersey and can include illegally entering a home or building, use of force, and intent to commit a felony or theft.

Possession of CDS

In New Jersey, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) can be a serious charge. Possession of cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and molly, PCP, LSD, and methamphetamines is an indictable offense, while possession of marijuana under 50 grams is a disorderly persons offense.

Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

Unlawful possession of a weapon in New Jersey usually relates to possession of a gun without a proper permit. This is typically a second degree charge.


An individual who commits theft can face serious felony penalties. Theft charges in New Jersey’s can include theft by unlawful taking, deception, or extortion, as well as receiving stolen property, shoplifting, and theft of services.

Aggravated Assault

New Jersey law defines a number of scenarios that constitute aggravated assault, but many of them involve a defendant attempting to cause or actually causing bodily injury and the use of a deadly weapon. Additionally, the injury must have been caused either purposely, knowingly, or recklessly.

Traffic Offenses

If you find yourself charged with a traffic offense, the Law Offices of Ralph A. Paolone is here to help defend your case. From DUI to speeding, we assist individuals facing a wide range of traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

While it is not considered a criminal offense, the penalties for DUI in New Jersey are quite severe and can include drivers license suspension, fines, jail time, and more depending on the number of offenses.

Driving With a Revoked License

Driving with a suspended or revoked license in New Jersey can result in fines, jail time, or additional license suspension depending on the number of offenses.


A speeding ticket in New Jersey can lead to fines, increased auto insurance premiums, and points on your driving record. The number of points depends on how many miles per hour you were driving over the speed limit.

Driving Without Insurance

Driving without insurance in New Jersey can result in severe penalties, including fines, surcharges, points on your driving record, community services, drivers license suspension, and jail time.

Additional Practice Areas

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Galloway Office


Phone: 609-748-9050
Secondary Phone: 856-728-5885
Fax: 609-748-9055

Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM