PRACTICE AREAS

CRIMINAL

Whether you are facing felony charges in Superior Court or disorderly person offenses in Municipal Court, you want an attorney who can fight for you. From plea negotiations to trials, Colleen M. Dolcy, Esq. will provide you with an excellent defense strategy. Her years of experience as both a County Assistant Prosecutor and a Municipal Prosecutor handling a wide variety of criminal cases, will help you get the best possible results. The long term effects of a criminal conviction go beyond the punishments of fines, probation or jail, they can prevent you from getting licensing and employment. The Dolcy Law Firm, LLC will work with you to ensure you know your rights and do not blindly enter a plea agreement or go to trial.

Links:
New Jersey Superior Courts by County

TRAFFIC (DWI/DUI)

A traffic ticket means more than just a fine, it can result in increased insurance rates, a loss of your driver's license, and even jail. Before you go to court or pay your fine online, contact the Dolcy Law Firm, LLC. As a Municipal Prosecutor in over 20 towns throughout Ocean and Monmouth Counties, Colleen Dolcy, Esq., argued and tried numerous cases in Municipal Court ranging from speeding tickets to code enforcement violations and from animal abuse to Drunk Driving.

Drunk Driving - A conviction in New Jersey is not criminal, but it comes with very serious consequences. In New Jersey a person is legally drunk at a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. If found guilty of drunk driving you could be facing a loss of your driver's license for three months to twenty years, installation of a breathtesting device in your car, raised insurance rates, alcohol abuse counseling, and jail. If this is a third or more conviction for drunk driving, you are facing a mandatory six month jail sentence. In addition, many employers will fire you if you are convicted of drunk driving. In New Jersey refusing to take a breath test is a punishable offense which is separate and distinct from a DWI conviction, but also with serious consequences.

Driving on a Suspended License is a criminal charge if you are operating a motor vehicle and :

1. You are suspended for a first DWI conviction and this is the second or more time you have been convicted for driving during the same suspension period
      OR
2. You are suspended for a second or more DWI conviction

Don't go through this process alone, call me right away to start working on your best defense.

Links:
NJ Municipal Court addresses

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission

DWI Violations
Interlock Device
Click for more facts and brochures on DWI violations, interlock devices, "Kiddie" DWIs and DWIs effects on CDLs

FAMILY/MATRIMONIAL

Contemplating a separation or divorce?
Need to enforce a Property Settlement Agreement from your divorce?
Have child custody, support or visitation issues?

Contact the Dolcy Law Firm, LLC to discuss your options.

Colleen M. Dolcy, Esq., also handles restraining order hearings.

Links:
Ocean County Superior Court Family Division | Monmouth County Superior Court Family Division | Burlington County Superior Court Family Division | Atlantic / Cape May Counties Superior Court Family Divisions | Middlesex County Superior Court Family Division | NJ Child Support Resources | NJ Child Support | Divorce Magazine

REAL ESTATE

Whether you are buying your first home or selling your family home to downsize for retirement, let the Dolcy Law Firm, LLC guide you through the process. Once an offer is accepted, Colleen M. Dolcy, Esq., can work with you in reviewing the contract and title work, arranging a home inspection, and closing on the property.

Links:
Frequently asked questions on NJ Housing and Real Estate

WILLS & ESTATES

The Dolcy Law Firm, LLC can help you with your estate planning, including Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorneys, and Medical Directives. Choose who you want to inherit your treasures and administer your estate. Don't leave it up to the State to decide who gets your assets.

Links:
A Planning Guide to the Probate Process | Surrogates' Office of New Jersey

Statement of Client Rights & Responsibilities

Client Rights
1. To have their attorneys diligently advocate their interests within the bounds of the law and legal ethics.
2. To have the fee arrangement fully and completely explained prior to entering into any agreement for services.
3. To have a written retainer agreement describing the financial terms of the relationship between the client and the attorney.
4. To refuse to enter into an unacceptable fee arrangement or modification of a fee arrangement.
5. To know what attorney will be primarily responsible for their matter and all other legal staff who will be working on the matter, as well as the fees for these individuals.
6. To be provided bills on a regular basis, with itemized charges and time spend on each activity relating to their case.
7. To be informed and present at any court proceeding involving their case unless otherwise directed by the court.
8. To be provided copies of all documents presented to the court by any party in their matter unless otherwise ordered by the court.
9. To reasonable access to their attorneys, in-person or by phone.
10. To make the final decision as to whether, when, and how to settle their cases.

Client Responsibilities
1. To provide full and accurate information to their attorneys regarding their matter.
2. To make themselves available regarding their matter and to respond reasonably to requests from their attorneys.
3. To promptly advise their attorneys of any change in their lives that might affect their case.
4. To pay for legal services rendered on their behalf under the retainer agreement.
5. To diligently review all bills submitted by their attorneys and to raise any objections about billing within a reasonable time.
6. To refrain from improper behavior, such as to delay the proceeding or intentionally increase costs to the opposing party.
7. To seek not to use their attorneys for any improper means.
8. To recognize and be responsible for the costs associated with any action initiated or requested by the client.
9. To provide sufficient time for their attorneys to explain to them the financial costs and other consequences of any potential action in their case and to reasonably consider the advice of their attorneys.

ADDITIONAL LINKS

New Jersey Judiciary | New Jersey Court Rules | New Jersey Statutes | New Jersey State Bar Association
New Jersey State Supreme Court | United State Supreme Court