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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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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Criminal Trial Attorney||New Jersey Supreme Court||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|N.J. Super Lawyers||Magazine for Law & Politics||2015|
|Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist||National Board of Trial Advocacy||2015|
|N.J. Super Lawyers||Magazine for Law & Politics||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|N.J. Super Lawyers||Magazine for Law & Politics||2013|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|N.J. Super Lawyers||Magazine for Law & Politics||2012|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2012|
|N.J. Super Lawyers||Magazine for Law & Politics||2011|
|N.J. Super Lawyers||Magazine for Law & Politics||2010|
|N.J. Super Lawyers||Magazine for Law & Politics||2009|
|N.J. Super Lawyers||Magazine for Law & Politics||2008|
|N.J. Super Lawyers||Magazine for Law & Politics||2007|
|N.J. Super Lawyers||Magazine for Law & Politics||2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Litigation Counsel of America||Fellow / State Co-Chair||2007 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Life Member||2000 - Present|
|Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey||President||2014 - 2015|
|Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, Education and Seminars Committee||Chair||2007 - 2013|
|American Inns of Court chapter||President||1988 - 2002|
|Whittier College School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|Super Saturday||Criminal Defense||2011|
|Criminal Trial Preperation||Criminal Defense||2009|
|Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of NJ||Criminal Defense||2009|