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E Gregory Cerritelli

Criminal defense Attorney at New Haven, CT

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Gregory Cerritelli is a partner of the law firm Knight & Cerritelli, L.L.C. Before joining his firm, Attorney Cerritelli worked as a litigator devoting his practice primarily to criminal defense, police misconduct and general litigation. He is a member of the bars of Connecticut, New York, and federal District Court (Connecticut). Attorney Cerritelli is also a member attorney with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and the Peace Officers Legal Defense Fund where he represents police officers in both criminal and administrative matters throughout the state. In addition to his private clients, Attorney Cerritelli is a Special Public Defender and has been approved by the Chief Public Defender to represent persons accused of crime who otherwise would be unable to afford competent legal representation. He has represented people throughout the state in a wide variety of matters ranging from Murder to Breach of Peace, and minor traffic offenses. He has also represented individuals in Federal District Court for offenses ranging from federal narcotics offenses to Social Security fraud and money laundering.

Attorney Cerritelli is a former police officer of two separate municipalities (1991-1997) and served as a Chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners in Derby (1997-2001). While a police officer, he was a certified domestic violence victim counselor and volunteered as a victim advocate for the Judicial District of Ansonia/Milford. During his tenure as a police officer, Attorney Cerritelli received specialized training in the detection and apprehension of drunk drivers, and was certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 5000. He also received training from the Institute of Police Technology and Management in Jacksonville, Florida in motor vehicle enforcement and the detection and apprehension of drug couriers.

Attorney Cerritelli is a faculty member at the University of New Haven, where he teaches criminal law, constitutional law, police civil liability and evidence to both the undergraduate and graduate schools of criminal justice. He is a Magistrate Judge for the Judicial District of New Britain and Middlesex, where he presides over small claims matters, and criminal/motor vehicle infractions.

Attorney Cerritelli graduated from the University of New Haven with a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Attorney Cerritelli has an interest in Second Amendment issues and is an avid collector of sporting firearms. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and tending his fruit trees, raising chickens, and rescuing German Shepherds.

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Licensed for 25 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/17/2022
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 01/30/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact E

Knight & Cerritelli LLC
2 Lincoln St.
New Haven, CT, 06510-1264

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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely competent and knowledgable
Attorney Cerritelli used his knowledge of the New Haven court system and the law to get my charges dismissed on first appearance. He was very reassuring and helped develop a strong plan for pre-trial negotiations.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I got involved in some legal problems in late 2017 and was being charged with a very serious criminal charge. This was a very dark, uncertain, and frightening time for me. Cerritelli helped me out so much. He was transparent, understanding and reliable. I am now able to say I can close that chapter in my like and my record is clean and the court outcome was victorious. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding job
I hired Attorney Cerritelli to represent me in a DUI case. He has outstanding interpersonal skills and represented me perfectly with no complaints. He has a great background and is extremely knowledgeable about the law and specific court venues. We hit a few small bumps along the way and he was always there to assist, night and day. He's also extremely responsive which made a difficult process much easier to deal with.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2016
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JOB WELL DONE!
My situation was dire and time sensitive as in my job being on the line and he did not hesitate in his initiative to understand the situation and take action. I would definitely recommend him to my friends and family. Thanks for your service.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2016
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Beyond Perfect
Attorney Cerritelli immediately understood my issues and assured me that he could achieve the best results possible. That was true. All the while he was communicative, very fast to respond, and extremely patient. I would urge anyone considering this attorney to do so with confidence. His professionalism and experience made my process smoother than I could have imagined.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2016
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Attorney Greg Cerritelli is the man for the job!
After consulting with other Attorneys and not being satisfied with response times and no sense of confidence in my case, I reached out to my Police Departments Union Attorney which in turn I was referred to the law firm of Knight & Cerritelli. My Union Attorney could not help me because he didn't practice law in State of Connecticut. My Case: I got a little carried away at a friends birthday celebration and one thing led to another and before you know it. . . I was in handcuffs. I was charged with two Felonies and one misdemeanor. This was detrimental to me because it was not only my first time being arrested but it also put an abrupt stop to my dream job as a Police Officer. I knew in order to get back on the job that I needed a spotless record. No convictions, nothing. I needed the best of the best. No ifs, ands, or buts, about it. I did my own research on this firm and on Attorney Cerritelli specifically, I was impressed with his credentials, success rate in serious criminal cases, and other client reviews. Attorney Cerritelli is a former Police Officer himself so he understood what I was going through not only with the criminal charges against me and the court process but with the administrative issues I was facing within my Department. My case went on for six months and every step of the way Attorney Cerritelli was professional, honest, always prepared, and offered a wealth of knowledge. Communication was fantastic!! Anytime I needed anything or had a question, If he wasn't in court I received a call or text back right away. Even on a Saturday morning!!! That meant a lot to me. The criminal charges against me had the possibility of ruining my career and the rest of my life so winning the case meant the world to me, Attorney Cerritelli made me feel as if it was just as important to him. Attorney Cerritelli beat the case and had ALL the charges against me dismissed. I could not be more thankful for his help. If you are looking for quality representation, Attorney Cerritelli is the man for the job!
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Posted by John | June 28, 2013
Very Competent Attorney
I used him for criminal matters involving my son and referred him to my close friend and also my brother. He got excellent results for all of us and I am very pleased with him. He has a nice presence and is very good.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Knight & Cerritelli, LLC
  • 2001 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice
  • University Of New Haven
  • 1999 - Present
  • Police Officer
  • Town of Seymour
  • 1992 - 1998

Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of New Haven
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 1994
  • University of New Haven
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Associations

  • Fraternal Order of Police Legal Defense Fund (FOP)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Peace Officer's Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • University of New Haven
  • Criminal Law
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Cerritelli is an outstanding lawyer highly regarded in the legal community and an excellent advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Cerritelli and I worked together on a case in which he defended the criminal portion of the case. The Client raved to me about his representation. He has the expertise and experience to win even the most difficult cases. Attorney Cerritelli is highly regarded by his colleagues and his clients. It is a pleasure for me to endorse Attorney Cerritelli for his efforts and his history of success in providing valuable service to clients in need."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been practicing criminal law in Connecticut since 1998 and I am now the President of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. I endorse and recommend this attorney for their criminal defense skills. Attorney Cerritelli is a member in good standing of our organization and well known for his zealous representation of clients in criminal matters."

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New Haven Criminal defense Lawyer E Gregory Cerritelli
E Gregory Cerritelli
Criminal defense Attorney
New Haven, CT
Licensed for 25 years
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