Let a former prosecutor defend your liberties.

Susan Kurkowski and Daniel Kurkowski’s experience in criminal law gives you the advantage of an attorney who can think like the opposition and anticipate their strategy, while protecting your rights. They know what evidence it takes to prove these crimes and when the State lacks this necessary proof. Furthermore, you will have an attorney with extensive trial experience defending your case. The benefit to our clients is this: our attorneys have argued both sides of the courtroom.

Our expertise in criminal law includes:

  • Assault & Battery
  • Aggravated Assault / Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Armed Robbery
  • Arson
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Contact
  • Bad Checks
  • Bail Jumping / Outstanding Warrant
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Burglary
  • Careless Driving
  • Credit Card Fraud/Theft
  • Criminal Coercion
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Criminal Restraint
  • Disorderly Conduct/Disorderly Person
  • Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Domestic Assault / Domestic Violence
  • Driving on Suspended License
  • Driving Without Insurance
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Possession (Marijuana)
  • Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute in a School Zone
  • Drunk Driving / DWI / DUI / Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Embezzlement
  • Entering an Unlicensed Structure
  • Expungement
  • False Imprisonment
  • Firearms or Weapons Charges
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Harassment
  • Homicide/Murder
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Kidnapping
  • Larceny/Theft
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident or Property Damage
  • Lewdness
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Manslaughter/Murder
  • Municipal Matters
  • Ordinance Violations
  • Outstanding Warrants
  • Prostitution
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Reckless Driving
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Restraining Order Violations
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Solicitation
  • Suspended License, Driving
  • Stalking
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Traffic Violations
  • Trespassing
  • Underage Alcohol Possession


Under New Jersey Criminal Laws, indictable criminal offenses are categorized as first, second, third, and fourth degree charges. First and second degree crimes are considered to have a “presumption of imprisonment”. If you are found guilty of a first or second degree New Jersey criminal charge, you will be sent to prison. Third and fourth Degree criminal charges do not have any presumption of imprisonment if you do not have any previous criminal convictions on your record. Any prior convictions you do have on your record will be considered and factored in to the sentencing process if you are found guilty of a third or fourth degree charge.

First Degree – First Degree crimes are obviously the most serious criminal matters. Offenses in this category include murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, rape/sexual assault with penetration, and some other very serious charges. The penalties for conviction for first degree criminal charges are 10-20 years in state prison.

Second Degree -Second degree crimes include sexual assault, aggravated assault with serious injury, kidnapping, robbery without a gun/unarmed robbery, endangering the welfare of a child, eluding police, computer pornography crimes, and the more serious drug charges. The penalties for conviction for a second degree criminal offense under New Jersey laws are typically 5-10 years in state prison.

Third Degree – Third degree crimes include most drug charges, theft/shoplifting charges, property damage charges, burglary charges, and most assault charges. If you are found guilty of a third degree criminal offense in New Jersey, the range of penalties is from non-custodial probation (i.e., probation without jail time), to up to five years in prison. You can also get probationary sentences that may include jail time up almost one year.

Fourth Degree – Forth degree crimes include some drug charges, theft/shoplifting charges, some sexual charges, assault charges, stalking, and a number of other charges. If you are found guilty of a fourth/4th degree criminal offense in NJ, the range of possible penalties is from non-custodial probation to up to 18 months in prison.