If You or a Loved One Have Been Charged With a Crime, You Need the Experience and the Knowledge of a Powerful Criminal Defense Lawyer. The Call to Me is Free.

What happens in the first 24 hours of being charged with a crime could impact whether there’s a conviction ahead, or whether charges get downgraded or dropped altogether. If you, a loved one, or friend have been charged with a crime — or are wanted for questioning — call 973-982-1200 for a free consultation with an experienced  criminal defense attorney on what steps need to be taken to begin your defense. Stop talking to the police and call Howard Bailey now. Our office is available to our clients anytime of the day or night.

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Howard W. Bailey: Criminal Defense Lawyer with Proven Experience

Howard W. Bailey has been involved with the field of criminal law for over 36 years. He was a New Jersey police officer for 10 years, an Assistant Essex County Prosecutor for 15 years, and has worked skillfully, efficiently and tenaciously alongside his clients as a successful Newark, N.J. criminal defense lawyer for the last 14 years.

Any Court.

Howard has successfully represented hundreds of clients throughout the State of New Jersey, in the Superior, Municipal and Federal District Courts.

Any Crime.

Any Crime, offense or violation prosecuted in the Superior Courts or the Municipal Courts of NJ; Any Federal criminal charges prosecuted in the US.

Any Time.

Available any time day or night, call Howard whenever you need legal assistance. He can easily be reached by dialing 973-982-1200.

Three Things You Should Know Before Selecting a Criminal Defense Attorney to Represent You and Your Future

experience countsHoward W Bailey has been involved with the field of criminal law for over thirty-five years and knows his way inside the legal system: He’s been a police officer, an assistant prosecutor, and now works as a criminal defense attorney for those who’ve been charged with a crime.  So if you’ve been charged with a crime, Howard Bailey’s experience can make a huge difference in how your rights and freedom are protected. He has represented hundreds of clients throughout NJ in the Superior Courts, Municipal Courts and the Federal District Courts. While the majority of his criminal cases are resolved, downgraded or dismissed, Mr. Bailey’s extensive legal experience in criminal law has had a powerful and positive effect on those cases which have gone to trial.
protect your rightsWhat happens in the first 24 hours of you or a loved one being charged with a crime can impact whether the alleged gets convicted or gets to walk away from the charge. In some cases, there are legal defects that a good criminal defense lawyer can use to weaken the State’s case. In other cases, there are factual conflicts that undercut the testimony of a witness. As a former prosecutor, Howard Bailey has the knowledge and experience to use these defects and weaknesses to attack the State’s case and protect his client’s rights. His unique law enforcement background gives those charged the benefit of having a lawyer who has worked both sides of the desk, so to speak, to anticipate how the prosecutor will argue the case, and the experience to know where the weak points in the police investigation are.
legal questionsA knowledgeable and experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer is someone who specializes in defending the rights of his clients, spending most of his time handling criminal defense cases. Ask yourself this question: If you were having brain surgery, would you want a general practitioner or a brain surgeon to do the operation. Both know medicine…one simply knows more about a certain area of medicine than the other. Before you select the lawyer who will be defending you, make sure the lawyer you are talking to knows what the issues are in your case. Some of the questions you should ask are:
  • How much of your practice is criminal defense?
  • How many cases do you handle in a year?
  • How long have you been handling criminal defense cases?
  • How many criminal trials do you do in a year?
  • When did you do your last criminal jury trial?
  • When did you last handle a case like mine?
  • How often do you go to the Court my case is in?
  • What do you think needs to be done right away to protect my rights and freedom?
  • What am I facing if I am convicted?
  • If I were to plead guilty, what is the range of plea the prosecution will offer?
  • Is there any way to divert the case to PTI?
  • Am I eligible for an early release from prison?
  • How long will a conviction stay on my record?

Positive Defense Outcomes from Recent Court Decisions

Expedited Expungement
Essex County Superior Court – Client was granted an expungement of 2nd degree Theft – after only 5 years (rather than after 10-year period in statute).
Not Guilty Trial Verdict
Essex County Superior Court – Client found Not Guilty of 2nd degree Aggravated Assault, where victim knew client and ID made during trial.
Motion for Reconsideration of Sentence
Union County Superior Court – Client re-sentenced to 5-year minimum term under NERA for 1st degree Armed Robbery, and immediately released from prison.
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