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CRIMINAL DEFENSE - ANY COURT. ANY CRIME. ANY TIME. I specialize in the field of criminal defense, defending the rights and freedom of clients throughout the State of New Jersey. As a Criminal Trial Attorney, I have been involved with the field of criminal law for over thirty-five years. I have proven my expertise, knowledge and commitment to defending those charged with crimes repeatedly, representing a large and significant number of client’s at trial through to a verdict; testing my trial skills; my knowledge of the law, court rules and trial procedure. I cannot predict what will occur when my client and I take our case to the jury, but most trials (as in the most recent 43-count NOT GUILTY verdict I earned in the NJ Superior Court in late-2015) have been a far better outcome for my client than what the State was offering as a plea. 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; Medical Claims Fraud; 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.



Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    29 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. Juvenile: 10%
    29 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 10%
    29 years
  4. Appeals: 10%
    29 years



Hourly ($250-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Sanford Friedman

    I endorse this lawyer. I have know Howard for many years, and have had the pleasure of working with him. He is a consummate professional with a thorough understanding of law and procedure. Clients who retain Howard can do so with the confidence that their matters will be handled according to the highest legal and ethical standards.


    James Friedman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Charles Dawkins Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. Howard Bailey and I worked on a case where family members were charged in part under the kingpin drug statute. He and I defended different family members in the case. He was well respected by the court, and he is well known for his experience as a former prosecutor and defense attorney.


    Charles Dawkins Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of H W Bailey, LLC

550 Broad Street
Suite 601
Newark, NJ, 07102


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Criminal Trial AttorneyNJ Supreme Court2011
Valor AwardNew Jersey State PBA1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
NJ Criminal Trial AttorneyLaw Office of H W Bailey, LLC2014 - Present
PartnerBailey & Orozco, LLC2007 - 2013
Solo PractitionerHoward W. Bailey, Esq. LLC2003 - 2007
Assistant ProsecutorEssex County Prosecutor's Office1988 - 2002
InvestigatorEssex County Prosecutor's Office1980 - 1987
Police OfficerNorth Caldwell Police Department1977 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New JerseyTrustee2009 - Present
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New JerseyMember2003 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
NJ State Bar Assoc - Municipal Court Practice SectionMember2003 - Present
NJ State Bar Assoc - Criminal Law SectionMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v MH, et alRacketeering Case w/ All Charges Dismissed
State v MF2nd AAS w/ Knife Dismissed with Counseling
State v KWMultiple CDS Trafficking Cases SE to Minimum
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Publication nameTitleDate
Thomas Reuters / AspatoreDefense Strategies for Drug Crimes2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
William Paterson UniversityPublic Safety AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
20th Annual Super Saturday Training SeminarAttacking 'Mug-Shot-Retrieval-System' Identifications2008
In-House Training SeminarDefense of Drug Trafficking Cases2003
15th Annual Super Saturday Training SeminarDefending Drug Trafficking Charges2003
Top Gun - Drug Investigation SeminarElectronic Surveilance IssuesN/A
Electronic Surveillance SeminarPreventing Legal Defects in Wiretap InvestigationsN/A
Basic Police Training CourseNJ State Drug LawsN/A