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Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. regularly handles criminal cases throughout New Jersey as well as the Federal District Court of New Jersey, and the Federal District Court of New York, Eastern District and Southern District. The firm has also argued before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Clifford E. Lazzaro, Esq. has formidable trial skills honed over a 26 year period and can lead a Jury to a not guilty verdict. Clifford E. Lazzaro began his legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Essex County Prosecutor's Office from 1988 to 1992 and also served as a Special Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey from 1991 to 1992. During his time in the Prosecutor's Office, Clifford E. Lazzaro presented over a 1,000 cases to the Grand Jury and conducted approximately 30 jury trials and over 15 bench trials. Clifford E. Lazzaro has been a criminal defense attorney since 1992. Clifford E. Lazzaro graduated from New York University in 1981 where he received his BA. Clifford E. Lazzaro graduated from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg LawCenter in 1985 where he received his JD.
Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. has an active Trial and active Appellate practice.
Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. has an active Family Law and Municipal Court practice.
Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. is a law firm dedicated to providing our clients with aggressive, experienced and affordable trial and appellate representation.
Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. has successfully and aggressively litigated on behalf of it'sclients in the following areas:
We are engaged in the full time practice of all Criminal Defense matters in all jurisdictions of the New Jersey Superior Court and the New Jersey and New York Federal Courts. We concentrate on Criminal Defense matters involving Racketeering, Drug Distribution Offenses and Suppression Motions regarding Illegal Searches and Seizures inside a home, business or automobile; Suppression Motions Challenging the admissibility of Coerced and Involuntary Statements; Admissibility of Recorded Evidence (Wiretaps); Audio Tape and Video Tape Admissibility; Drug Possession Offenses; Racial Profiling; Aggravated Sexual Assault; Sexual Assault; Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact; Sexual Contact; All Sex Crimes Involving Allegations of Child Abuse; Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006; Megan's Law; Tier Classification Hearings; Endangering the Welfare of a Child; Distribution of Child Pornography; Possession of Child Pornography; Internet Crimes; Prostitution Crimes; Murder; Aggravated Manslaughter; Manslaughter; Death By Auto or Vessel While Intoxicated; Assault By Auto; Eluding; Robbery; Aggravated Assault; Terroristic Threats; Weapons Offenses; Kidnapping; Criminal Restraint; Stalking; Theft Related Offenses; Burglary; Receipt of Stolen Property; Joyriding; Bad Checks; Computer Crimes; Aggravated Identity Theft; Credit Card Fraud; Bank Fraud; Wire Fraud; Mail Fraud; Stock Fraud; White Collar Crime; Money Laundering; RICO; Gambling Offenses; Asset Seizure and Forfeiture; Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) Applications; Drug Court Applications; Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) Applications; and Trials and Appeals.
We are also engaged in the full time practice of all Family Law matters in all jurisdictions of the New Jersey Superior Court. We concentrate on Family Law matters involving Divorce; Modification Motions to Lower Alimony (Spousal) and/ or Child Support; Pendente Lite Support Applications; Child Custody; Parental Rights; Parental Visitation Rights; Parenting Time; Paternity; Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets; Asset Allocation; Premarital Agreements; Post-Nuptial Agreements; Spousal Abuse; Restraining Order Hearings and TRO's; Child Abuse; the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS); and Trials and Appeals.
We are also engaged in the full time practice of all Municipal Court matters in New Jersey involving all Disorderly Person Offenses such as Shoplifting, Theft, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance-Marijuana under 50 grams; Petty Disorderly Person Offenses such as Disorderly Conduct; Ordinance Violations; and all Motor Vehicle Violations and Traffic Offenses such as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Refusal to Submit to Breath Test, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Driving or Operating a Motor Vehicle in an Unsafe Manner, Speeding, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Bodily Injury, Driving on the Suspended List, Operation of a Motor Vehicle without Insurance, Impoundment of Motor Vehicle; and Trials and Appeals.
We routinely work with experts in various fields on Criminal Defense and Family Law matters. We have employed the services of forensic accountants on matrimonial and criminal cases as well as forensic psychologists and forensic psychiatrists on Tier Classification Hearings (Megan's Law) and Competency to Stand Trial Hearings. We have also utilized the services of DNA experts as well as experts in the field of recorded evidence. We regularly employ the services of private investigators (mostly retired investigators of County Prosecutor Offices) who work closely with us in defense of our client on criminal cases. The investigators utilized by the firm have many years of experience and are responsible for interviewing witnesses and taking witness statements under oath in the presence of a court reporter. They may also be called upon to take polygraph examinations of certain clients and testify as a defense witness at trial. In short, we utilize the best available resources to achieve the most favorable results on behalf of our clients.
Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. is up to date on all current law as the firm can access LEXIS-NEXIS Research System online at any time.
Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
updated on 12/11/2014
This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Client Champion Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2018|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|President / Managing Partner||Clifford E. Lazzaro & Associates, P.C.||1992 - Present|
|Special Deputy Attorney General||State of New Jersey||1991 - 1992|
|Assistant Essex County Prosecutor||State of New Jersey||1988 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Trial Lawyers Association of America||Member||2000 - Present|
|Touro Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|New York University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1981|
|Rotary Club Monthly Meeting||Criminal Law||1997|
|State v MC, Union County Superior Court||The defendant was sentenced by Judge John M. Dietch in February of 2020 to a 3 year term with a parole ineligibility stip of 18 months.|
|State v RJ, Passaic County Superior Court||Charged with 2 counts of sexual assault, dismissed|
|State v DI, Fort Lee Municipal Court Both DWI's dismissed||The defendant received an 18 month probationary sentence, no jail and fines.|
|State v DP, Essex County Superior Court First degree robbery charges dismissed||On August 19, 2019, the case was downgraded and remanded to municipal court. At the municipal level, the State moved to dismiss the case for lack of prosecution and Judge Anthony J. Frasca dismissed the matter in October of 2019.|
|State v RM, Union County Superior Court||Vehicle stop, gun possession charge dismissed|
|State v RBB, Union County Superior Court||Defendant faced 40+ years, received 364 days|
|State v CB, Hudson County Superior Court||Faced 25 years to life, accepted probation|
|State v Bascus, Marcus, Essex County Superior Court||Defendant faced life, accepted 15 year plea deal. The co-defendant is sentenced to 95 years in a state prison with an 89 year period of parole ineligibility.|
|United States v T F, United States District Court (NJ/ Trenton)||The defendant faced 24 to 30 months, received 12|
|State v T F, Monmouth County Superior Court||The defendant faced 150 years, received 5 years|
|State of New Jersey in Interest of D G (Juvenile), Middlesex County Superior Court||The Court sentenced the juvenile to a 3 year indeterminate sentence over the objection of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.|
|State v K D, Monmouth County Superior Court||The defendant's plea offer was 7 years New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) with 42 months of parole ineligibility. Case dismissed in September of 2014.|
|State v N G, Middlesex County Superior Court||The defendant faced a period of incarceration of 75 years in a New Jersey State Prison. In a negotiated plea, the defendant received 8 years New Jersey State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act or 85% rule and Megan's Law,|
|ES vs JS, Superior Court Chancery Division Family Part Atlantic County||Defendant's Application to Eliminate or Reduce Lifetime Alimony Granted|
|State v J H, Monmouth County Superior Court||Defendant faced 50 years, received a Flat 4 yea|
|State v B A, Monmouth County Superior Court||Defendant faced over 31 years, received 6 months|
|State v R S, Ocean County Superior Court||The defendant faced a period of incarceration of 88 years in a New Jersey State Prison. In a negotiated plea, the defendant received 8 years New Jersey State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act or 85% rule and Megan's Law.|
|State v F G, Union County Superior Court||Defendant accepted the amended probationary plea which no longer had NERA (85%) and Megan's Law consequences.|
|State v J S, Monmouth County Superior Court||At sentencing in November of 2010, the defendant received non-custodial, no jail probation with the requirement that he make restitution of $2,000.00 per month over the course of a 5 year period of probation.|
|State v F G, Union County Superior Court||In the middle of trial, the State offered to dismiss the second degree sexual assault count to third degree terroristic threats with a recommendation for a probationary sentence. The Defendant accepted the amended plea.|
|State v A E, Monmouth County Superior Court||The defendant received a 4 year flat term New Jersey State Prison (NJSP). The defendant is alleged to be a four (4) star general in the Bloods Gang.|
|State v S R, Union County Superior Court||After a 2 week trial in early August, 2010, the jury deliberated approx. 3 hours and 20 minutes and the defendant was found not guilty on all 4 counts.|
|United States v S L, United States District Court (NJ/Trenton)||Faced 51 to 63 months, received 24 months and was further ordered that restitution in excess of $530,000 be paid out of the defendant's seized property.|
|United States vs. L B, United States District Court (NJ/ Newark)||Defendant faced 51-63 months, received 30 months|
|CKH vs CHH Superior Court Chancery Division Family Part Bergen County||Defendant ordered to pay $19,500.00 per month as allocated support for Plaintiff and children|
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