ANY COURT. ANY CRIME. ANY TIME.
I am Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney, and have been involved with the field of criminal law for over thirty-five years as a defense lawyer, prosecutor and police officer. I am a Trustee of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - New Jersey, a professional association that all criminal defense lawyers should consider joining. As a criminal defense lawyer, I focus my efforts on the defense of clients charged with violating the criminal laws of the United States; and, of the State of New Jersey. Among other types of crimes, I have represented clients charged with Murder; Leader of Drug Trafficking Network; Racketeering; Official Misconduct; Drug Possession and Distribution; Robbery; Carjacking; Insurance Fraud; Kidnapping; Rape; Arson; Bribery; and, Weapons related cases.
Before becoming a Criminal Defense Attorney, I was an Essex County Assistant Prosecutor for fifteen years; and, before that I was a Police Officer for ten years. During these jobs and now as a defense lawyer, I have personally handled cases where the police used investigative techniques including wiretapping, buy-bust and sting operations; undercover police investigations; and, more traditional investigation activities like surveillance.
My unique background provides my clients with the benefit of their rights being protected by a criminal defense attorney with personal experience in how a criminal case is investigated, prosecuted and most importantly for my clients, defended.
As a Prosecutor, I was assigned as a legal advisor and supervisor to the Essex County Prosecutor's Narcotics Task Force for twelve years; reviewing, supervising and prosecuting thousands of drug and violent crime cases each year. In that capacity I was responsible for providing legal guidance on a 24 hr. a day basis to police and investigators conducting on-going drug related investigations. As a criminal defense lawyer in Essex County, I have been able to provide my clients with the knowledge gained from thousands of cases and the experience of many years of handling criminal cases. I know how cops think.
I served as the Narcotics Task Force's Deputy Director from 1993-1996; as Vice-Chairman of the County Narcotics Commanders Association of New Jersey from 1995-1997; and, as a Member of the Statewide Narcotics Action Plan Working Group, from 1993-1997, serving on the Attorney General's Drug Enforcement Policy Manual Committee; and, the Attorney General's Legislative Initiatives Committee.
These experiences give me an extensive understanding of how the drug laws were drafted; and, how the police were trained to enforce them. I bring that knowledge and experience to each case and client I represent as a criminal defense lawyer.
I was a Certified Police Instructor for the State of New Jersey, Police Training Commission, for 24 years. As a Police Instructor, I taught courses to police recruit classes; and, in-service training for active duty police officers. I have served as a faculty member of the Top Gun Narcotics Training Seminar sponsored by the Statewide Narcotics Task Force.
Since I became a Criminal Defense Lawyer, I have been a featured speaker for the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey; and, the Office of the Public Defender for the State of New Jersey.
AREAS OF PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCE:
STATE AND FEDERAL COURT PRACTICE
Adult and Juvenile Criminal Defense
International and Interstate Extraditions
Probation and Parole Violations
Post-Conviction Relief Applications
MUNICIPAL COURT PRACTICE
Municipal Court Defense
DWI / DUI Defense
NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Hearings
Administrative Court Proceeding
J.D., 1987, New York Law School
Professional Associations & Memberships
NJ State Bar Association, Member
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NJ, Member