Howard Bailey
Law Office of H W Bailey, LLC

550 Broad Street
Suite 601
Newark, NJ 07102, United States
Phone: 973-982-1200
Fax: 973-982-1203
Areas of Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Litigation

Practice/Organization Description


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.



Adult and Juvenile Criminal Defense

International and Interstate Extraditions

Bail Applications

Probation and Parole Violations

ISP Applications

Resentencing Petitions


Post-Conviction Relief Applications



Municipal Court Defense

Municipal Appeals

DWI / DUI Defense

Traffic Violations


NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Hearings

Administrative Court Proceeding

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, 1987

District Court, NJ, 1987


J.D., 1987, New York Law School

Professional Associations & Memberships

NJ State Bar Association, Member

Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NJ, Member

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