Howard Bailey, Esq.: (973) 634-4450
Adam Toraya, Esq.: (973) 493-6091


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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 us right now, chances are you or a loved one is in some form of distress due to a wrongful conviction in need of an appeal, or a criminal charge in need of a defense attorney. 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 Howard Bailey, an experienced and highly regarded New Jersey criminal defense lawyer, on what we need to do to begin your defense. If you were found guilty in a recent trial, and yours is a conviction you wish to appeal, call direct to the desk of Adam Toraya right now at 973-327-3123. Our office is available to our clients anytime of the day or night.

The Law Offices of Bailey & Toraya 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.

Adam W. Toraya has been a criminal defense lawyer in the field of Post-Conviction Relief, Appeals, and Habeas Corpus for the past 25 years. He is an experienced advocate to help you address the issues that impact you when facing the consequences of a conviction or sentence.  He is a relentless and effective guardian of the rights of his clients and he is committed to ensuring that all meritorious arguments to defend your rights are raised. Call him for a free consultation to see what benefits he brings to your case.



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 rightsIn fact, trial attorneys and appellate practitioners do share many of the same qualities. However, the skills needed for a successful appeal are quite different from those needed for a trial. A trial involves witnesses, evidence, and arguments to a judge or jury. An appeal is about how the law was applied to the facts in the first place, and involves an entirely different process. The primary job of an appellate attorney is to prepare a comprehensive brief, setting forth a persuasive legal argument, well-supported by case law and the applicable statutory or regulatory framework to overturn a ruling. Most appeals are won or lost in this brief presentation so an appellate lawyer must be, first and foremost, a skilled writer. Furthermore, appellate brief writing involves specific skills in which an often voluminous trial record must be distilled down to a concise and persuasive presentation. For more information, contact Adam Toraya at 973-327-3123.
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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