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“Thanks Tara for always believing in me and making me feel like I was your only client. You made the impossible possible. Forever grateful.”

- Gabriel V.
I commit to every Client that I will fight tirelessly for them, as if they were my only client, to achieve the best possible result. - Tara Breslow-Testa, Esq. -


I am ready to hear your side. If you have been arrested for criminal charges in Monmouth, Ocean, or Middlesex County, my goal is always to get a dismissal of your charges. If a dismissal is not possible, I will strategically negotiate a favorable plea avoiding jail if possible, or take your matter to trial. I am dedicated to fighting for your reputation, rights and your liberty.

No matter the result and the path we take, I will treat you with compassion, respect and dignity throughout the process. I want you to feel like you are my only client. My industry recognition and success is a result of years of dedication to criminal defense practice. I handle a variety of different criminal matters, including all drug crimes and alcohol related offenses, DWI, juvenile matters, theft, fraud, aggravated assaults, among other offenses.

Drug Related Offenses

Monmouth County criminal defense lawyer Tara Breslow handles the defense of felony charges such as those involving drug possession, drug distribution, drugs in school zones, aggravated assault, theft, complex white-collar fraud, and juvenile crimes. Many of the cases that she handles are drug and alcohol-related. She has significant experience in drug court and seeking rehabilitation for her clients. When appropriate, she helps the court navigate her clients into treatment programs that may improve their prospects of rehabilitation.

Controlled substances are divided into five schedules in New Jersey. The most dangerous drugs—those that have the highest probability of abuse and that have no recognized medical value—are listed in Schedule I. The other schedules are considered less dangerous, with Schedule V listing the controlled substances that are considered the least dangerous. It is unlawful to possess controlled substances without a medical prescription, and the penalties for a conviction vary depending on which type of substance and how much of it is the basis for the charge.

There are often grounds for a strong defense to a drug charge, such as arguments based on your constitutional rights. For example, the Fourth Amendment guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. If the police unlawfully searched your home, car, or person to obtain evidence of a drug crime in Monmouth County or surrounding areas, criminal defense lawyer Tara Breslow can try to get the evidence from that search and seizure suppressed. In turn, this may result in having the charges dropped or dismissed, since the prosecution often relies on that evidence to prove its case.

Similarly, there may be defenses available to New Jersey residents who have been accused of assault or aggravated assault. For example, you may simply have been responding to someone else who initiated a fight. To establish self-defense, Monmouth County criminal defense attorney Tara Breslow generally will need to show that you reasonably and honestly believed that the force that you used was necessary to protect you from the other person's use of unlawful force under the circumstances. You will need to show that the amount of force that you used was proportionate to the threat and that you were not the aggressor.

Representation in Municipal Court Cases

Ms. Breslow has over 15 years of experience in municipal court cases, as well as in superior court. Offenses that are charged in municipal court include DWIs as well as theft, assault, and possession of less than 60 grams of controlled substances.

In New Jersey, you may be charged with driving while intoxicated if you are impaired by a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher or if you are under the influence of a drug. There are mandatory penalties that must be imposed for a conviction, but it is often possible to mount a strong procedural defense to a DWI. There are strict protocols and procedures that must be followed to stop you or to administer a chemical test. Even experienced officers may make critical errors when stopping someone for a DWI or subjecting them to testing procedures. We can analyze the details of your arrest and subsequent actions to determine a basis for fighting a DWI charge.

Contact an Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney in Monmouth or Ocean County

If you are charged with a felony or another criminal charge, Middlesex, Ocean, or Monmouth County criminal defense lawyer Tara Breslow can compassionately guide you through the legal process. She represents people throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties, including in Red Bank, Freehold, Long Beach Island, Toms River, Seaside Heights, Middletown, Holmdel, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Rumson, Fair Haven, Long Branch, West Long Branch, and Ocean, among other areas. Contact us at (732) 784-2880 or through our online form to set up a free appointment if you need a DWI attorney or assistance in fighting another charge in Superior or Municipal Court.

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  • "I called Tara on a Sunday morning and to my surprise, she returned my call that same day. My son was facing serious criminal charges in Monmouth County that could have affected him for the rest of his life. However, Tara dug in and worked the case that resulted in a better than expected disposition. I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone facing any serious criminal charges." Jose ★★★★★
  • "Tara presented my case in a positive way, which resulted in a more favorable outcome for me. She advised me very well and helped me prepare for my court appearance. Tara is a very reliable and experienced attorney. If it weren't for her assistance, I would not have had such a positive outcome in my court appearance." Anonymous ★★★★★
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Attorney Tara Breslow has a proven track record achieving exceptional results for her clients. She is a tireless advocate who has taken numerous simple and complex cases to trial resulting in not-guilty results. She is also a seasoned negotiator who will reach a fair plea deal or challenge your case at trial.

Ms. Breslow's combination of personalized attention and exceptional results places her a cut above other criminal defense attorneys.

Ms. Breslow handles criminal matters throughout New Jersey.

Attorney Tara Breslow has experience dealing with all types of criminal matters, including indictables such as aggravated assault and drug offenses, as well as municipal, juvenile offenses, and traffic and DWI matters.

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