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Howard Woodley Bailey

About Howard Bailey

About me


CRIMINAL DEFENSE - 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. There are very few lawyers with this certification - less than .0033%of the lawyers in NJ - are Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. The certification process required that I prove my trial experience by having represented a significant number of client’s at trial through a verdict; tested my trial skills; and, tested my knowledge of the law, court rules and trial procedure. As a Criminal Trial Attorney, I focus my defense efforts on clients charged with violating the criminal law of the State of New Jersey; and, of the Criminal Code of the United States. Among the types of cases I have personally handled are cases involving Racketeering; Murder; Kidnapping; Official Misconduct; Leader of Drug Trafficking Network; Robbery; Carjacking; Insurance Fraud; Rape; and, Perjury and most of the other types of crimes charged in the criminal code. Before becoming a Criminal Defense Attorney, I was an Assistant Essex County (N.J.) Prosecutor for fifteen years; and, before that a police officer for ten years. During that time and now as a defense lawyer, I handled cases using every type of investigation used by the police, to include wiretapping, eavesdropping and other types of electronic surveillance; buy-bust and sting operations; undercover police investigations; and, more traditional investigation activities such as field investigation and witness interview. My decades of experience handling difficult cases and issues in the field of criminal law, provides me with a firm foundation to handle the emotionally charged atmosphere that permeates every type of court case. The emotions of all parties run hot, and I counter-balance the emotionally charged atmosphere of these cases by using my extensive trial and courtroom experience to protect my client's interests. Knowing what a Judge will think in regards to a particular argument allows me to vigorously advocate on behalf of my client. Whether I am negotiating with my adversary or advocating before the Judge, they know I am more than able to handle a trial on the merits; and, that I am not afraid to push the case to trial if that is what it takes to protect the interests of my client. The types of Criminal Defense cases I have frequently represented clients on include: Adult Criminal Defense; Juvenile Defense and Waiver; International and Interstate Extradition; DWI / DUI Defense; Traffic Violations; CDL Violations; Municipal Court Defense; Municipal Appeals; Motor Vehicle Commission Hearings; Bail Applications; Probation Violations; Parole Violations; ISP Applications; Record Expungement; Interstate Extradition; State Court Appeals; Post-Conviction Relief Applications; Domestic Violence Charges; and TRO / FRO  Restraining Orders.