If You or a Loved One Have Been Charged With a Violent Crime, or Domestic Violence Crime, or Seek an Appeal of a Conviction, You Need the Experience, Knowledge and Tactical Expertise of This Powerful, Highly-Regarded NJ Criminal Defense Law Firm.

If you are visiting with me right now, chances are you or a loved one is in some form of distress due to a criminal charge. What happens in the first 36 hours of being charged with a crime could impact whether there’s more distress ahead, or whether charges get downgraded or dropped altogether beforehand. 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 and highly regarded New Jersey criminal defense lawyer on what we need to do to begin your defense. Please do not try to explain yourself to the police. In fact, do not talk to the police at all. Instead, call me, Howard Bailey, right now. Our office is available to our clients anytime of the day or night. (Click the boxes below for special video messages on those particular charges.)

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The Law Offices of Howard W. Bailey is a Powerhouse NJ Criminal Defense Law Firm with Special Experience in Domestic Violence Defense, Megan’s Law Tiering, Appeals, and Post Conviction Relief Law. Call for a Free Consult.

Howard W. Bailey has been involved with the field of criminal law for near 40 years. He was a New Jersey police officer for 10 years, an Assistant Essex County Prosecutor for 15 years, and has worked skillfully, powerfully and aggressively alongside his clients as a highly regarded Newark, NJ criminal defense lawyer for the last 15 years. Your chances for a successful outcome improve with one free call to his office.

Top Legal Defense in Any NJ Court, including Municipal.

Howard has successfully represented hundreds of clients throughout New Jersey in the Superior, Municipal and Federal District Courts as both a defense lawyer and appellate attorney.

Criminal Defense for White Collar or Violent Crimes.

Violent crimes. Drug crimes. Domestic Violence crimes. Sex Crimes. White Collar crimes including Fraud. Motor Vehicles crimes and violations. Post Conviction Relief as well.

Free Consult on Charges Any Time, Day or  Night.

Although available by phone 24/7, fill out in strict confidence our Strategy Session Form to receive a complimentary, no obligation analysis about the facts of your case.

With Your Future at Stake, Here Are Three Things You Should Know Before Selecting a NJ Criminal Defense Attorney to Represent You

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 lawyer 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).
43 Not Guilty Trial Verdicts
Mercer County Superior Court – Medical doctor client found not guilty on 43 counts in jury trial for honest computer miss-billing error.
Motion for Reconsideration of Term
Union County Superior Court – Client re-sentenced to 5-year min. term under NERA for 1st degree Armed Robbery, and immediately released from prison.
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