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Kevin P. Barry

Criminal defense Attorney at Clifton, NJ

5.0   30 reviews

Licensed for 21 years

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About Kevin

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%

    22 years, 1,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    15%

    18 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    15%

    18 years

  4. Expungement
    5%

    18 years

  5. Family
    5%
    Domestic Violence / FRO hearings Parental Rights Representation

TOP RATED CRIMINAL DEFENSE - CERTIFIED CRIMINAL TRIAL ATTORNEY FIGHTING FOR YOU.

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 throughout my entire career. 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. 

Licensed for 21 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/17/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/05/2022

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

Contact Kevin

Law Offices of Kevin P. Barry, LLC
790 Bloomfield Ave.
Building A, Suite 2
Clifton, NJ, 07012

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2021
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Professional, Trustworthy and very Knowledgeable Attorney
I received an excellent and professional service from Mr. Barry. After consulting with many Attorneys, Mr. Barry was able to provide a lot of information, identify opportunities that would benefit me in my case and most important made me feel very secure and confident of what we were doing. Mr. Barry does make himself available at all times, he is very reliable , always communicating with you and providing you all types of updates and communication. I would highly recommend Mr. Barry to anyone and would certainly hire him for any type of case in the future. He did an excellent job with my case and was able to support me in many ways. If you want commitment, knowledge, confidence, professionalism and much more, Mr. Barry is the Attorney to hire.
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Posted by Jorge | October 20, 2020
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Excellent Lawyer
I got in a lot of trouble. I was risking 13 points, Kevin had great communication with me the whole time. And the outcome he was able to achieve was better than expected. 0 points and minimal fees. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2020
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DUI
Kevin represented me on a DWI/DUI case where there was property damage, along with other tickets. Because of his representation and deep knowledge of the law along with his strong relationships and rapport with Judges and Prosecutors, he was able to negotiate the absolute minimum penalty possible. There was no way that I would have been able to have this outcome without him. He handled everything, was open, honest, thorough, and empathetic. Highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2020
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Anonymous
Mr. Barry represented my son recently in Passaic County. We were extremely pleased with his legal representation. He was thorough, efficient, patient and extremely knowledgeable. He walked us through the entire process ahead of time so that we had realistic expectations and a lot less anxiety. We really appreciated his concise communication and friendly demeanor. We HIGHLY recommend Mr. Barry.
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Posted by Nicholas | December 18, 2019
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Extremely Outstanding Representation
Kevin was extremely thorough and contacted me within five minutes of him learning that I was interested in his representation. After that first phone call, we had already formulated several plans depending on which direction the case would go. Kevin used his connections from spending two decades in my county to have the court date moved up, sent back down to the county level and my case finished before the date of the first original court appearance. The outcome of my case could literally not have happened without Kevin's representation. The judge in my case even made a point to tell me in front of the entire courtroom that Kevin lobbied extremely hard for a specific deal/outcome and that normally it would be unheard of, but because of him it was possible. I couldn't recommend him enough and that's no joke.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2019
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Happy client
Kevin was very fast, professional, and dedicated with my case; found a creative way for all charges to be dismissed and didn’t charge me more then he promised after it all took many more court appearances then first expected. I will definitely hire him again if needed.
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2018
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2C;35-10A(4) - POSS marijuana under 50 grams
Kevin Barry was able to get my case dismissed. My charge was 2C;35-10A(4) - POSS marijuana under 50 grams. I’m glad I made the right decision by hiring Kevin Barry for my legal representation for the matter of 2C;35-10A(4) - POSS marijuana under 50 grams. I was in court for all of 20 minutes before my charge was dismissed and I was wa;king out the door.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2018
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Client
I retained Kevin for a 2nd degree felony drug case. He has a long list of connections and experience. He was able to negotiate with the prosecutor to drop the charges. I was very satisfied with his services.
Posted by tony | May 14, 2018
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Traffic Tickets
If there is anybody in needed of an attorney whom will work your case as if he was representing himself. That being said, you will get all he have to give and there will be no stone left unturned. He worked hard to resolve my case and was always very responsive when I had questions, and constantly in touch with me during the entire process. He took time to explain everything in an easy to understand manor. I'm very happy with the outcome. Would absolutely use his services again in the future.
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Posted by Kathy | April 19, 2018
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Client
I highly recommend Kevin. He is very knowledgeable, professional and highly respected in his profession. He clearly explained everything to me, made no false promises, just facts, and kept me informed during the entire process.
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2018
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Highly recommended
I was issued a summons for 4th degree felony and Kevin made me feel very comfortable and gave me all of the possible outcomes. He was hopeful but realistic. He kept me aware of every step of th process. He is very well connected and convinced the judge and prosecutor to dismiss my case with no fine. Highly highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Kevin came highly recommended to me after an unfortunate and very traumatic traffic "incident". He took time out from his Sunday afternoon to meet with me to discuss my case and the seven tickets that had been issued to me. Within the first two minutes of our meeting, I knew he was my guy. In a situation like the one I was in it's not just about legal knowledge and experience, it's the attorney's ability to listen, put the client at ease and make them feel like they are being heard that is important. Kevin was also very straightforward and never made any promises about the outcome of my case but he definitely "talked me off the ledge" more than a few times during the process. He was always available, responding to calls, emails, and texts immediately. He clearly is well liked and respected in the legal community, and had a good rapport with the prosecutor which is important. In the end, it was Kevin's knowledge, professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile for me that resulted in 5 of the 7 charges being dropped. He's a solid guy and a great attorney, and I hope I never have to hire him again.
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Posted by Anthony | January 18, 2018
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Wonderful, knowledgeable lawyer
He's a great confident lawyer that speaks plain english and does a good job. He handled our traffic ticket case wonderfully.
Posted by Miranda Wright | January 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding representation - dismissal of DUI and refusal
I hired Mr. Barry after my very first and completely dreadful run-in with the municipal police. Just picture a middle-aged, quiet and nerdy gal suddenly handcuffed, arrested and taken to jail (!) for a DUI, refusal to provide breath sample and and three other traffic violations – five charges in total. It felt surreal to be behind metal bars, in a real jail cell - hard cot, filthy toilet, walls covered in profanities and all - just like in the movies. I deserved to be there, I suppose, yet I felt painfully (but also comically) out of place as I've never been a troublemaker before and had no prior contact with the police. Since the arrest wasn't just a bad dream and since the ground didn't want to open and swallow me, I had to face the consequences and attempt some damage control. At first, I didn't even realize how dire my situation was. For those unfamiliar, the first two of my charges (DUI and refusal) are considered nearly “fatal” in New Jersey – hard to downgrade and nearly impossible to get rid of without some solid mitigating circumstances. Well, my wretched case had no mitigating circumstances of any kind. Instead, it had a big fat aggravating factor. In other words, a straight loser case where it actually makes more sense to bite the bullet, plead guilty to all charges and save the money by forgoing legal representation. (That money will be good for months and months of having to rely on Uber). From the beginning, b e f o r e taking my check, Mr. Barry was clear about poor prospects of my case. Painful as it was to hear, I felt his stoic candor spoke to his integrity - he didn't spin facts or sugarcoat anything as means to pry my wallet open. And so, despite his pessimism and the grim outlook, I decided to hire him in a desperate attempt to fight some of the charges. (I had to - due unrelated external factors, a DUI conviction on my record would likely have a catastrophic fallout, leading to a complete uprooting of my life and a few others.) He also seemed experienced, capable and calm so I felt that, at the very least, my bad case was in good hands, which gave me a faint glimmer of hope. As time dragged on and acute distress set in, that glimmer of hope disappeared sometimes, turning me into a hysterical spazz. Yet, four months of sheer agony later, Mr. Barry's skilled efforts produced an astonishing result: HE WON MY LOSER CASE. I pled guilty to two of the three lesser charges, everything else was dismissed. As the judge spoke, I stood there in disbelief, pinching myself and welling up. Some of the details of Mr. Barry's legal strategy escape me, but here's what I found fascinating: he took the “aggravating factor” I mentioned in the beginning, dug out some vaguely relevant case law and then managed to build my defense around that aggravating factor. In other words, he turned what is normally an obvious liability into an “asset” of sorts, in that it became unexpected grounds for defense. This clever maneuver resulted in a dismissal of most of the charges against me. This remarkable defense is a clear testament to his above-average skills as far a devising an optimal tactic for a given case. I agree with other reviewers who say Mr. Barry is experienced, polite, patient and responsive. All that is true. I will add he is also grounded and unflappable - in stark contrast with my own occasional panicky agitation. Most importantly though, this is an expert who is clever, creative, resourceful and tireless in providing the most effective defense to the client. He doesn't make empty promises or create false hopes. Instead, he delivers beyond expectations. It doesn't hurt that he has excellent courtroom skills and that he had enough common sense, good will and grace to have forged decent working relationships with a number of local prosecutors. In conclusion, I don't believe my (well-deserved) ordeal would have ended in a dismissal of most charges had I hired another attorney. Outstanding representation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2017
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Excellent lawyer!
Mr. Barry is an outstanding lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and takes the time to explain things and the steps involved. He is accessible and responsive. Mr. Barry's approach is always very professional yet friendly. We switched to Mr. Barry after a bad experience with another lawyer right in the beginning of our case. I wish I had known of Mr. Barry sooner but the switch was the best decision we made! This was a difficult time for my family and Mr. Barry took very good care of us and achieved a great outcome for our case.
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Posted by Betsy | October 26, 2017
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Family case
Mr. Barry was so accessible from day one explaining the court papers and process to me thoroughly, along with possible outcomes. He got everything moving quickly and stayed on top of the case, while keeping me informed throughout the entire time of its progress. I always felt I could trust him and count on his expertise and honesty. He says it like it is and I liked that immediately about him. He is smart, again, very thorough, knows his business and I would recommend him highly to anyone needing a good attorney in his field.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2017
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Great lawyer, very responsive
I used Kevin's services recently and was very happy with the job he did. He worked hard to resolve my case and was always very responsive when I had questions, and constantly in touch with me during the entire process. He took time to explain everything in an easy to understand manor. I'm very happy with the outcome. Would absolutely use his services again in the future.
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Posted by Ellijah | May 8, 2017
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Criminal case
I am most pleased with your diligence and tenacity with my case, thank you for doing such an outstanding job. You are a very talented attorney. With great pleasure I will most definitely refer your firm to others. Best regards Ellijah.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2017
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Outstanding attorney
Let me begin by stating that Mr. Barry is an outstanding attorney! An extremely polite individual who will get you the best outcome and he did just that with my case! I got to speak to various attorneys during my case and was having a really difficult time feeling confident with one! That is until I spoke to Mr. Barry! Not only was he professional but he was overly pro-active on getting the best outcome of my case! Not only did Mr. Barry managed to have my case sent over to Municipal Court (it was originally at the Supreme Court level as a second degree felony) but he also managed to have the entire case downgraded and dismissed to a simple traffic violation plus a fine! This case could have easily been a life changer for both myself and my family and Mr. Barry was able to help us get through this tough time! If you need an attorney to defend you Mr. Barry is your guy!
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2016
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EXCELLENT Lawyer
Kevin is very nice, professional, and very involved. I felt my case was being handled by someone who was not only very knowledgeable, but trustworthy as well. If I ever need a lawyer again (hopefully I won't!), I absolutely know who to contact.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Public Defender
  • Township of Bloomfield Municipal Court
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Kevin P. Barry, LLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Essex County Public Defender's Office
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Essex County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Hon. Joseph V. Isabella, J.S.C.
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Hon. Thomas R. Vena, J.S.C.
  • 2001 - 2002
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Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Rutgers College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Paterson Man Sentenced to Probation for Helping Cop-Killer Escape Arrest
  • After much negotiation and motions, the client pled guilty and was sentenced to 5 years probation and was spared a prison sentence.
  • Man Acquitted in Killing of Essex Fells WWII Vet
  • Not Guilty of Murder, Felony Murder, Conspiracy and Weapons Offenses. Guilty only to 2° Burglary

Associations

  • NJ District VA Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Panel Chair
  • 2020 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2003 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • 2003 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • NJ District VA Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (5)
Endorse Kevin
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kevin is an excellent trial lawyer. We have had many matters together over the years and he always produces excellent results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is highly respected, and truly cares and fights for his clients. If I have someone who needs representation in New Jersey, I would refer them to Kevin."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with Kevin many times. Very professional and experienced."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin is an amazingly effective criminal attorney. I would not hesitate to refer my family and friends to him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked as co-counsel in criminal cases with Kevin for at least 10 years. In my experience with him as co-counsel, and just observing him in court, Kevin is extraordinarily dedicated to his clients. He is incredibly well respected throughout the legal community, and consistently demonstrates genuine care and concern for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kevin is an excellent attorney who is a strong advocate for his clients. He is a smart, hardworking lawyer. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had the pleasure of observing Mr. Barry several times in criminal court. He is a passionate, intelligent, and effective advocate on behalf of his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Barry."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very professional. Knows his case and is always prepared for court. His clients get excellent results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Kevin Barry is a great person and lawyer. He knows the area of criminal law and is always ready to assist people. He is a well respected attorney in Essex County by fellow Defense Attorneys, Judges and Prosecutors."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Barry is an excellent advocate. He is well versed on the current state of the law and works for the best interests of his client. I have witnessed his work and he is an attorney who works for the best resolution of a case, whether it is via plea bargain or through trial. I recommend him most highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Kevin is one of the most prepared and thoughtful attorneys in the area. His knowledge of the innerworkings of the criminal justice system are unparalleled. Anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney would be wise to hire Kevin."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Friend
"I went to lawschool with Kevin and have referred him clients many times since our graduation. He is a dedicated professional who is skilled in his craft."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work.I have had the pleasure of observing Mr. Barry's work as a criminal defense attorney. He is a prepared and professional advocate who is dedicated to representing his clients in criminal cases. He is a persuasive and well-respected attorney in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I had the pleasure of serving as co counsel with Mr. Barry on a multi defendant Racketeering matter where he provided great insight to the bench and his fellow co counsel on the legal issues at hand."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had the privilege of knowing Mr. Barry for more then several years, and have seen his proficiency in the defense of his clients on many occasions, including a Racketeering Wiretap Trial he and I have been involved in for the last three months. His clients are well served by his diligence and thoughtful analysis of the legal issues in their case. I strongly recommend a potential client sit down with Mr. Barry at the earliest opportunity to take advantage of his insight. They would be well served by his representation."
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Clifton Criminal defense Lawyer Kevin P. Barry
Kevin P. Barry
Criminal defense Attorney
Clifton, NJ
Licensed for 21 years
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