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Steven F Wukovits

Criminal defense Attorney at Cranford, NJ

5.0   172 reviews

Licensed for 33 years

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As a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney since 1995 and NJ SUPER LAWYER  Selectee, I primarily focus my law practice on criminal law. I handle complex, serious state & federal criminal cases including murder, assault, drug trafficking, sexual assault, fraud and official misconduct. My law firm, first established almost 50 years ago, also handles municipal matters (including DWI offenses), restraining orders in the New Jersey Superior Court, as well as appeals and PCR applications. Not everyone charged with a crime is guilty and sometimes, even the best of people make mistakes. My aim is to provide the best legal representation available. I was also listed as America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys and one of the 10 Best Attorneys in New Jersey for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

 

 

 

*Free initial consultations; although initial jail consults would require a nominal fee.

Flat fee services and hourly payment plans are available, but the same depend on the complexity, seriousness, age and/or scheduling of the particular case.

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Licensed for 33 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 11/07/2022

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

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Triarsi Betancourt & Wukovits LLC
186 North Ave E
Cranford, NJ, 07016-2439

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2022
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Steven received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE GUY TO GO TO
I’M A PROUD U.S. SOLDIER AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE BEFORE. LAST SUMMER, I WAS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT FOLLOWING A FIGHT AND I KNEW THAT CONVICTION COULD DESTROY MY MILITARY CAREER. TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT, I HIRED ATTORNEY STEVE WUKOVITS. STEVE SAW MY CASE MUCH DIFFERENTLY THAN THE POLICE AND HE WAS ABLE TO CONVINCE THE PROSECUTOR AND THE COURT TO DISMISS MY CASE. NO CONVICTION, NO JAIL, PROBATION OR FINES! MY FAMILY AND I ARE SO HAPPY!
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2022
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THANK YOU!
Someone recommended Steve to me & after my consultation with him I knew he was the guy I needed to go with. He had a plan and was confident which made me feel confident. Knowing I had Steve with me through this process made me feel 100% better and I feel like I had a huge weight lifted off my shoulders because he helped me get my situation resolved. Steve and his entire staff are AMAZING and communicate about just about everything whether it’s in email or on the phone. If I need someone again in the future, it will 100% be Steve. Thank you guys for everything!
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Posted by Stephanie | October 12, 2022
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Best attorney by far!
This year was definitely a roller coaster for me and when I hit rock bottom I got arrested and was dealing with a very sticky situation. Looking up I saw the best reviews and outcomes with Steven Wukovits and I called in and had a consultation soon after and once I met this attorney I knew he had a plan had no doubts on his ability and made me feel comfortable confident and protected. I walked in not knowing what would happen and I walked out a new women more aware of my actions and the case was dismissed! Steven Wukovits promised me he would have this case solved before my wedding and that’s exactly what he made happen. Thank you for your wisdom knowledge and professionalism! I will be referring all my family friends and acquaintances directly to this attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2022
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Thank you
I’m a good person but in May I got in trouble with the law. I hit rock bottom and arrested with drugs and paraphernalia in my car. I feared jail and probation because this wasn’t my first time getting in trouble. Steven, my attorney, who was referred to me, told me to plead guilty to a municipal ordinance only. Honestly I feel I have my life back because of Steven.
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Posted by Ivan | September 1, 2022
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The one and only Steven Wukovits
If I could put Steve into one word, it would be amazing. I have used Steve many times in the 20 plus years I’ve known him. Not once have I been let down or felt he didn’t put 100% into every case no matter how big or small the case was. With Steve next to me in the court room have I ever felt scared or unsure of what the out come would be. I can sit and talk to him about anything weather personal or about a case. From the moment I met him he made me feel like more then a client. I have all the respect and love for the man, father and husband he is. To me he’s more then my lawyer, he’s a friend and a great one. I have won every case I’ve had with him. 100% satisfied and wouldn’t change him for anyone. Nothing but love and respect for you. Love your client and friend. Ivan Lugo
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2022
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The best criminal lawyer in New Jersey? I personally think so.
I'm serious when I say Steve is a life saver. I initially looked for and spoke to many different lawyers given the severity of the charge. I went with Steve because he was the one lawyer that stood out as having all of the below: 1) practices in or around the relevant county of the charge; 2) certified in criminal law by the New Jersey Supreme Court; 3) previously served as a prosecutor ideally near the relevant county of the charge, so he really understands how the other side tends to think; 4) great reviews online from past clients; 5) other criminal lawyers in the area spoke respectfully of him; and 6) importantly, he asked great initial questions and cared enough about my situation to do some very quick but effective and impressive work. Many other lawyers just didn't have the level of expertise, or for the few that actually did, they didn't appear to care as much about my case to really think about it and try to help me. I'm lucky that this process came upon Steve Wukovitz, and I'm lucky that the results were as good as they could've been with a full dismissal without a trial; but I think Steve has built his career such that the odds are in his favor with not only an impeccable list of credentials and reviews, but also the ability and willingness to care about his clients no matter how small or big the case may be. See the below for more details to my case. I was involved in an incident at the airport and due to the chaos there, I found myself being arrested for a felony. I had never been in trouble before, I was worried sick about going to prison, the loss of my job, and damage to my professional reputation. This is why I knew that I had to find the right attorney, due to what was at stake for me. Steve was able to not only convince state prosecutors to downgrade the case, but he was able to eventually get the entire matter dismissed!!! Not only that, the court granted Steve’s request for an automatic expungement on my behalf. I am so happy that I hired Mr. Wukovits and so will you.
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2022
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Better call Steven- seriously call him!
I was referred to Steven by a layer I trust and was not sorry! A straightforward and honest counsel, no-nonsense, met me where I needed his help ASAP. Here Is the recap of my experience i was overwhelmed with work, the purchase of a new home. The chronic stress led me to do something stupid at a local store for which i was arrested. the charge was originally a felony that was downgraded to the municipal court. my attorney, steve wukovits, later convicted the prosecutor and judge to permit me a conditional dismissal. for the first time in a long time, i feel i can breathe again. steve and i will always be friends.
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2022
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one of a kind!
i’m a good person, but after my mom died when i was in high school in 2018 my life spiraled out of control i picked up a criminal charge in 2019 and then again in 2021 the second case was in superior court which Mr.Wukovits managed to have downgraded to municipal court yesterday steve resolved both cases for me and i was ordered to pay just a small fine with no jail time , no probation , no community service was ordered by the judge, steve and i have a special bond and i know that he is always going to be there for my family, i could be in prison fighting for my life but again thanks to steve im home spending and enjoying time with my family and my 3 kids. again thank you steven and a big thanks to ashley for going above and beyond #TeamWukovits
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Posted by Richard | July 22, 2022
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Effective and Professional
In connection with my son’s recent matter, I extend my most heart-felt thanks and appreciation for Steve Wukovits and his law partner, Richard Huxford’s collective expert assistance, guidance, and compassion, throughout a stressful event and process. Their legal assistant, Ashley’s professionalism was also impressive and further led to great teamwork. Steve’s team’s expert knowledge, results, and personal touch, are why I consult with him first regarding any legal matter. I would advise anyone who asks my opinion to do the same.
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Posted by Cristal | July 14, 2022
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Best Lawyer in NJ with the greatest team to back him.
Steven Wukovits is an amazing attorney who really goes above and beyond for his client. The thing that impressed me most about Steven Wukovits was nothing was "sugar coated". He was very straight forward and told us what to expect each step of the way. There were no empty promises made just to keep us happy which I know sometimes occurs when seeking counsel. He did what he said he would do and we are so grateful of the outcome. We can't leave out his paralegal Ashley Vega, she was also outstanding. Ashley kept us up to date on how our case was going, court dates and always answered when we called with any concerns (even on her off hours). I'd trust him with anything, do not hesitate to call him. He has become our family lawyer when needed for life.
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Posted by Lisa schmalz | June 27, 2022
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Great lawyer
My good friend, Henry, had insisted that I hire Steve Wukovits for my 2021 criminal matter. As I knew another area from the NJ Shore area, I didn’t hire Steve. To make a long story short, I did hire Mr. Wukovits after I picked up a second criminal case. This morning, the judge sentenced me to a small fine only in connection with the original case. I was really scared because PTI was no longer an option for me, but Steve handled the situation like the true professional he is.
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Posted by Dijuan | June 24, 2022
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Outstanding service
Steven wukovits tenacious approach in practicing law makes him very brilliant. He has the ability to make u comfortable in any situation no matter how bad the terms are. His knowledge, professionalism, and most importantly respect and dignity for his clients sends Steve to the top of the chart. Lastly Steve secretary, and assistant all work as diligently as he does to ensure his commitment to u is carried out with top results!
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Posted by Joe | June 10, 2022
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He saved my son!
My son recently made a huge mistake and as he has never been in trouble before, we didn’t know where to turn. Luckily, I have a good friend, who was a top N.J. attorney, and she referred me to Steve Wukovits. True to his word, Mr. Wukovits told me that his law firm would successfully resolve the matter for my son. In the end, he pled guilty to a municipal ordinance, and was simply ordered to pay some fees. If your child is in trouble, you hire Steve!
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2022
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Excellent Lawyer
My son was falsely accused of sexual assault and other serious crimes by a female student at his college so we hired Steve Wukovits. At trial, Mr. Wukovits thoroughly crossed examined my son's accuser and was able to point out all the inconsistencies and hidden motive behind the false accusations. The court dismissed the case!! If a family member or friend is ever in serious trouble, please call Steve, who uses common sense, reasoning, and investigation to prove what actually happened. My family also loves his law firm members!
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2022
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Steven Wukovits Review
My son was accused of committing an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. My son had never been in trouble before and I did not know what would happen to him. I hired Steve Wukovits to handle my son's case. Mr. Wukovits was completely engaged and worked out a great plea deal so that the charge will be dismissed against my son in the near future. I could not have asked for a better result.
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Posted by Luke | April 27, 2022
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Steve is an Excellent Lawyer
A FEW MONTHS AGO, I BLEW A GASKET AND GOT UPSET WITH ANOTHER DRIVER. I WAS GOING THROUGH A TERRIBLE ORDEAL AND ACTED IN WAY THAT I COULD NEVER IMAGINE. LONG STORY SHORT, I WAS CHARGED WITH TERRORISTIC THREATS AND A WEAPONS CHARGE. THANKS TO MY LAWYER, STEVE WUKOVITS, WHO BELIEVED IN ME AND WORKED HIS BUTT OFF, I WAS FINALLY ADMITTED INTO THE PTI PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM WILL LATER RESULT IN THE DISMISSAL OF MY CHARGES SO THAT I CAN GET MY GOOD NAME & REPUTATION BACK. I AM FURTHER HAPPY TO SAY THAT STEVE & I BECAME GOOD FRIENDS DURING MY ORDEAL.
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Posted by Ryan | April 5, 2022
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Not only a great lawyer, but a great person
I have had Steven represent me on a couple instances, he has always been very understanding no matter the case. No sugar coating from this guy, he lets you know exactly what to expect, no surprises just results. I've made many mistakes in my past which came up on a TSA check for a job, I was on the verge of losing my ability to provide for my family. I went to the only person I knew who could get RESULTS, and that was Steven Wukovits! And like always he informed me of how he had handled this situation before and what he would be able to do to help my situation. And like always I knew with him on my side I was good. He was successful in getting what I needed accomplished, and now I'm back to staying on track with my goals and the foundation of my family is secure.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2022
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The Best!
WHEN I GOT ARRESTED AND WAS JAILED IN NOVEMBER 2021, I THOUGHT MY LIFE WAS OVER SINCE I HAD BEEN IN TROUBLE BEFORE. NOT ONLY DID MY ATTORNEY, STEVE WUKOVITS, GET ME RELEASED FROM THE ESSEX JAIL, HE LATER NEGOTIATED A PROBATIONARY PLEA DEAL FOR ME. STEVE AND ME HAVE A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP AND I’M FOREVER GRATEFUL.
Posted by Ken | March 16, 2022
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My sons legal case
Mr. Wukovits met with me to discuss my sons legal case pertaining to a serious drug charge and DUI. He worked tirelessly with his law firm to get my son the best possible outcome . We were able to meet at his office several times for court appearances and We were able to get the DUI dismissed and the drug charge reduced to a disorderly persons . I highly recommend Steve .
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Posted by Frank | February 25, 2022
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Lawyer recommending a lawyer
Mr Wukovits was not only professional but also intelligent and caring. He was strong with his approach and acted quickly.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Triarsi Betancourt Walsh & Wukovits & Dugan, LLC
  • 2001 - Present
  • Associate
  • PISANO, TRIARSI & BETANCOURT
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Founder
  • LAW OFFICES OF STEVEN F. WUKOVITS, P.C.
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Essex County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1989 - 1994
  • Special Deputy Attorney General
  • Essex County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1989 - 1994
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Education

  • Capital University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Seton Hall University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • state v williams
  • not guilty on all counts

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Criminal Advisory/ Speedy Trial Committee in Union County Superior Court
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey Supreme Court's District Ethics Committee
  • Special Investigator
  • 2010 - 2010
  • New Jersey Supreme Court's District Ethics Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Recognized Excellence in Criminal Defense Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2021
  • Top Rated Lawyer in New Jersey
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2021
  • American's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2021
  • New Jersey Top Attorneys
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2021
  • AVVO 'Superb' (10.0) Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Excellence In Criminal Defense Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Top Attorney
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Attorney
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys - NJ
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Excellence In Criminal Defense Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AVVO 'Superb' (10.0) Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Attorney
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys- NJ
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys- NJ
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Wukovits and I have represented co-defendants in a number of high profile cases. He is a hard worker with a excellent trial skills. He is a great addition to any defense team."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steven and I have worked together on many complex criminal matters. He is very experienced, aggressive and creative in his approach to both defending clients and dealing with adversaries. He is well regarded by Judges, their court staff, and other practicing attorneys. His ethics are beyond reproach, and he is a star in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Steve for more than 15 years and have worked on many cases with him over that time. I have never met a more dedicated, talented and passionate advocate. Steve is committed to achieving the best possible results for his clients. With decades of experience, hard work and exemplary skills; Steve is highly respected by judges, prosecutors and his peers. He is truly one of the best."
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Cranford Criminal defense Lawyer Steven F Wukovits
Steven F Wukovits
Criminal defense Attorney
Cranford, NJ
Licensed for 33 years
Virtual consultation available