In today’s criminal justice system, it often seems as though the odds are stacked against criminal defendants. Prosecutors have a lot of power, and the threat of an especially harsh sentence compels many defendants to choose a plea deal rather than going to trial.
To be sure, a plea deal isn’t always bad. But you should only choose a given strategy after consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney. That way, you truly know all of your legal rights and options, and you have a better idea of the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
At the Law Offices of Nancy E. Lucianna, P.C., we are here for you and will be with you every step of the way. As a results-oriented firm, we offer shrewd representation focused on producing the best possible outcome for our clients.
Getting Results Through Collaboration And Thorough Investigation
Our lawyers believe that client collaboration is crucial. You have the biggest stake in the outcome of your case, so you should be involved in the decision-making process. We want to hear what you have to say, and we will seek your input from the beginning.
We also know that success depends on thorough preparation. The sooner you hire us, the sooner we can get to work conducting our own investigation into the allegations. This often includes speaking to witnesses and ensuring that evidence is preserved.
Our Criminal Defense Services
As a full-service firm, these are just some of the criminal charges we are prepared to defend against:
- Drug possession
- Drug trafficking
- Drunk driving (DUI and DWI)
- Theft and burglary
- Robbery and armed robbery
- Rape, sexual assault and other sex offenses
- Domestic violence
- Kidnapping and child endangerment
- Auto theft and carjacking
- Juvenile offenses
- Fraud, counterfeiting and other white collar crimes
- Offenses tried in municipal court
Arrested Or Facing Criminal Charges? Don’t Wait – Call Us Right Away.
In recent years, workers’ compensation laws and policies have changed in ways that benefit employers and insurers while leaving injured workers at a disadvantage. What should be a straightforward application process can end up taking months or years, and benefits are too often denied for bureaucratic reasons.
At the Law Offices of Nancy E. Lucianna, P.C., our attorneys are well-versed in New Jersey workers’ compensation laws and procedures. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, our recommendation is simple: Report the injury to your employer right away, and then give us a call.
Why Hire A Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
Technically, the workers’ compensation system can be navigated without the help of a lawyer. But working with an attorney – from the very beginning – can make the process smoother, faster and far less frustrating.
Too many workers come to us only after their claim has been denied. At that point, legal options are limited. But if you seek our help soon after the injury has occurred, we may be able to prevent the mistakes and missteps that lead to claim denial. We will also work to ensure that your employer does not engage in any actions meant to weaken your case.
We have helped countless New Jersey residents seek the compensation that they should be entitled to. Common accidents and injuries include:
- Neck and back injuries leading to chronic pain
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel
- Overexertion injuries
- Slips, trips and falls
- Construction accidents
- Falling from scaffolding and other elevated surfaces
- Vehicle accidents, including specialized equipment such as forklifts
- Machine entanglement
- Scalding and burns
Was Someone Else At Fault For Your Injuries?
Although workers’ compensation generally prohibits you from suing your employer after most work injuries, you may be able to hold a third party liable if that party contributed to your injuries. Examples would include the manufacturer of unsafe machinery or malfunctioning safety equipment.
In addition to helping you through all stages of the workers’ compensation process, our firm can also bring a third-party liability claim if it is warranted in your case.
Accidents happen, and not all misfortunes can be foreseen or prevented. That being said, when severe injury or death results from an act of negligence, victims and their families have a right to hold the at-fault party liable in court.
At the Law Offices of Nancy E. Lucianna, P.C., we have decades of experience seeking compensation for those who have been seriously injured or killed in accidents caused by someone else’s negligence. Common cases include:
- Auto accidents
- Slip-and-fall injuries
- Premises liability
- Airplane accidents
- Workplace accidents (see our workers’ compensation page)
- Amusement park injuries
- Tourist accidents and injuries in the U.S. Virgin Islands
- Most other personal injury or wrongful death cases
What Should I Do After An Accident?
What you do or say in the aftermath of an accident could impact your ability to seek compensation later on. Here are some general guidelines:
- At the accident site, avoid phrases like, “I’m fine” or, “No one was hurt.” You may not know that until you receive medical attention.
- Go to the hospital to receive a medical assessment to determine and document the extent of your injuries. Remember that some injuries may not be seen or felt right away.
- Seek help from an attorney sooner rather than later.
- Avoid saying any more than necessary to insurance companies until you’ve spoken to a lawyer.
- Don’t accept any settlement offers or sign any settlement documents until you have reviewed them with your attorney.
Once you have a medical assessment and have discussed your case with one of our attorneys, you will have a much better understanding of all your rights and legal options.
Should I Settle Or Go To Trial?
Many personal injuries and wrongful death cases are settled out of court before trial. Settling has its advantages, but it may not be worth it if the settlement offer is unfair.
Our policy is simple: We are always willing to negotiate and consider a settlement. But if that settlement is not in your best interests, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial in order to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Cases Taken On Contingency: We Only Get Paid If You Do
At the Law Offices of Nancy E. Lucianna, P.C., all of our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis. We only collect attorney fees if we help you win your case or obtain compensation through a settlement.
POLICE MISCONDUCT & EXCESSIVE FORCE
Police officers do an important and challenging job, and most officers are dedicated, public servants. But when certain police officers abuse their power or overreact in situations where force is unwarranted, the results can be injurious or deadly.
At the Law Offices of Nancy E. Lucianna, P.C., we are honored to help victims (and the families of victims) who have been seriously injured or killed in incidents involving:
- Excessive force
- Police brutality
- False arrest
- Unjustified police shootings
- Unnecessary and excessive restraint tactics leading to serious injury or death
- Injuries or fatalities while in police custody
How Our Firm Can Help
Our attorneys are ready to thoroughly and independently investigate claims of police misconduct leading to serious bodily injury or death. Based on the results of our investigation, we can aggressively pursue personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of victims and their families.
Over the years, our skilled lawyers have been able to secure sizeable settlements for victims of police brutality and misconduct. Notable examples include:
A police misconduct settlement for $60,000
A police misconduct settlement for $120,000
A police misconduct settlement for $300,000
A police misconduct settlement for $350,000
Call Us Today To Discuss Your Rights And Legal Options
Our firm’s founder, Nancy E. Lucianna, has been fearlessly standing up to police departments for 30 years.