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I have been stopped by the police in Paterson, or anywhere in New Jersey, now what?

Stay calm and be polite!

Do not obstruct a police investigation.  Relax and do not cause problems for the police.  Do not run, resist, lie or give false documents to police.  Always remember to keep your hands where the police can see them.  


In general, you have the right to remain silent. However, if a police officer asks your name, and to de-escalate the situation, tell the officer your real name.  That mean's your name, and not your brother's name, nor your sister's name, or even your cousin's name.  If you give a false name to the police you can be charged with a criminal offense.

If you wish to exercise your right to remain silent, say so out loud, so the police officer can hear you. In general, you do not have to answer any questions about where you are going, what you are doing, where you live, or where you are traveling from.  Ask for a lawyer immediately, and do not sign or waive any of your rights away!

Now I am Arrested, what do I do?

Right to a Lawyer

If you are arrested by the police, you have the right to a lawyer.  If you cannot afford one, one will be provided at no cost to you.

Remember, you do not have to answer questions about where you were born, whether you are a U.S. citizen, or how you entered the country. Tell them your name and you would like to speak to a lawyer.

You need to call an experienced criminal attorney. David L. Pine is that attorney.  He can be reached at his office or by cell phone.


As a former prosecutor, Mr. Pine understands how prosecutors approach domestic violence cases and ways to get these charges reduced or dropped altogether. If necessary, our domestic violence lawyer can even fight for an acquittal in court. Learn more about your potential options and defenses today.

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Need help resolving your criminal case? 

Call the Law Offices of David L. Pine to schedule a confidential consultation. David L. Pine has over 35 years of experience representing individuals who are accused of a crime. Call (973) 427-7444

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