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I am a New Jersey certified criminal trial lawyer. This means that I am considered by the New Jersey Supreme Court to be an expert in criminal defense. I am also board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. I am one of only four lawyers in New Jersey to hold both certifications. This is your assurance that I am one of the most experienced and competent criminal defense lawyers in the state.


For 28 years, I have represented people charged with all municipal, state, and federal offenses in northern New Jersey, including DUI/DWI, possession of illegal drugs, sex crimes, child molestation, internet sex crimes, white-collar crimes, criminal fraud, violent crimes, and juvenile crimes.


My law office in Newark is technologically advanced. I have ready access to the most recent case law, combined with the legal expertise to use that law to help you obtain the most favorable disposition of your case.


I handle each case personally, and you will have access to my experience and expertise at every stage of your defense. I can represent you in a full trial or in negotiating a favorable plea bargain.


I offer a free initial consultation. The sooner you call me in your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    29 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
  3. White Collar Crime: 20%
    29 years

Payment

Fees:

Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Sanford Friedman

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Rotella knows law and procedure thoroughly, has very high ethical and professional standards, and is well regarded in the community. He is one of the very few criminal attorneys I refer people to when, for some reason, I cannot take the case.

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    James Friedman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Charles Dawkins Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. As a former Asst. Newark Municipal Prosecutor I have opposed him many times. He is well known Defense Lawyer in the legal community. I also attended a continuing legal education course many years ago that he taught. He definitely knows New Jersey Criminal Law.

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    Charles Dawkins Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Joseph D. Rotella

744 Broad Street
Suite 1520
Newark, NJ, 07102-3869

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NJActive198607/28/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Criminal Trial AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
N.J. Super LawyersMagazine for Law & Politics2015
Board Certified Criminal Trial SpecialistNational Board of Trial Advocacy2015
N.J. Super LawyersMagazine for Law & Politics2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
N.J. Super LawyersMagazine for Law & Politics2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
N.J. Super LawyersMagazine for Law & Politics2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2012
N.J. Super LawyersMagazine for Law & Politics2011
N.J. Super LawyersMagazine for Law & Politics2010
N.J. Super LawyersMagazine for Law & Politics2009
N.J. Super LawyersMagazine for Law & Politics2008
N.J. Super LawyersMagazine for Law & Politics2007
N.J. Super LawyersMagazine for Law & Politics2006
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow / State Co-Chair2007 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife Member2000 - Present
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New JerseyPresident2014 - 2015
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, Education and Seminars CommitteeChair2007 - 2013
American Inns of Court chapterPresident1988 - 2002
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Super SaturdayCriminal Defense2011
Criminal Trial PreperationCriminal Defense2009
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of NJCriminal Defense2009