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Clifford E Lazzaro

Criminal defense Attorney at Elizabeth, NJ

5.0   16 reviews
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  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 1996

About Clifford

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    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; Audio Tape and Video Tape Admissibility; Drug Possession and Drug Distribution Offenses; Racial Profiling; Aggravated Sexual Assault; Sexual Assault; Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact; Sexual Contact; All Sex Crimes Involving Allegations of Child Abuse; Adam Walsh, etc

  2. Family
    30%
    Family Law matters involving Divorce; Spousal Support; Pendente Lite Support Applications; Child Support; 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; Child Abuse; the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS); and Trials and Appeals.

  3. DUI and DWI
    20%

  4. Appeals
    10%

  5. State, local, and municipal law
    10%
    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, etc.

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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.

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
Client's Choice 2015,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2015 2012 2011

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Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C.
1 Broad Street
Second Floor
Elizabeth, NJ, 07207
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Client's Choice 2015
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Posted by Johanna | September 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Clifford is an Angel
Just when I thought I had no other choice but to take do 2 years in a federal prison, I hired Cliff and he helped me understand what I was facing and the options I had. I looked at Cliff and said surprisingly “ I have options?” That’s the first time I had any hope. Due to his experience and dedication, today I am in home confinement for only 8 months. As a single mother, to still be able to provide for my children in every aspect is just extraordinary! I owe that all to God and Cliff. He saved my life!! !
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Dhe BEST lawyer around!
If your looking for a really good lawyer! You’ve found him! Cliff is professional and knows his practice inside and out. Cliff saved my life. He gave me back my life! I was facing 20 years and we ended up walking out facing zero time after Cliff beat all my charges in trial. If you want to have someone by your side that’s going to fight for your life then do look anywhere else and give Cliff a call! You won’t be disappointed! Thank you again Cliff for all your hard work and dedication to my case. You’re the best!
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Posted by Ori | February 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Cliff is the best!
When I needed help to get out of trouble Cliff came through big time. He has good relationships with almost everyone in the state so he was able to push and push and get an amazing deal on my behalf. I will be forever grateful to Cliff. If you want the best and can afford to pay for it Cliff is the way to go.
Posted by Granville | April 27, 2015
Best lawyer in NJ.
Hiring Clifford Lazzaro to represent me was the best decision I ever made. I didn't know the legal process of restraining orders and if I didn't have him by my side I am sure I would have lost the case. He is very knowledgeable and truly a master of his trade.
Posted by Doreen | April 23, 2015
EXCELLENT Attorney!!
Mr. Lazzaro has been my attorney for many years and has also represented other family members. He has handled criminal and family matters and in both areas he has been able to obtain positive outcomes in all cases. If not immediately available, he promptly returns calls, keeps me in the loop and ensures I feel comfortable every step of the way. I have referred many to him and they have also been happy with him. The true sign of quality service in any business is consistency over time, and Mr. Lazzaro has proven results every time!
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Posted by JSweeney | March 19, 2015
Great Attorney
I am writing a special review today. If you need an attorney please do yourself a favor and hire Mr. Lazzaro. Not only has he represented us in the past with a dismissal in a criminal drug case he also recently represented my husband in municipal court for several traffic offenses. My husband had outstanding warrants in 4 different jurisdictions with many charges in each one. Mr. Lazzaro handled all 4 cases with diligent hard work as he always does. All charges were handled professionally and with great care. The outcomes of dismissals Mr. Lazzaro made possible has been amazing. He is very knowledgeable of all circuits of the court systems and gets the job done. Couldn't ask for any better. We went from facing a good amount of mandatory jail time to getting dismissals. Our family not only has an awesome attorney but a family friend. If you have concerns,, he has answers. once again,, HE IS THE BEST OF THE BEST!!!!
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Posted by Lena | March 10, 2015
EXCELLENT Representation!!!!
I had an ongoing, complicated case that spanned both criminal matters in superior court and related matters in family court. I was referred to Mr. Lazzaro by several friends who highly recommended him and were happy with the outcomes of their cases. I had previously consulted with two other attorneys and neither could match Mr. Lazzaro's experience and expertise in both areas. It has been critical to the resolution of my cases to have a lawyer who can handle both. He has worked with the prosecutors office and advocated for me on a tireless basis. Where his expertise is truly invaluable is in the courtroom. During my ongoing proceedings, I've had the opportunity to watch other lawyers and believe me, no one I saw matches him. If you need someone who has your back, THIS IS YOUR GUY!! Also, he has kept me up to date on everything that is going on and I was happily surprised at his availability to answer any questions I may have. I would absolutely refer any friends or family in need of representation to him without hesitation.
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Posted by Jacki L. S. | February 15, 2015
A criminal drug case.
An ABSOLUTE PERFECT FIND!!!!! A routine traffic stop turned into a criminal drug case. Facing 5-15yrs and over $15,000 in fines and offenses. Perused the internet looking for that perfect attorney. My son, honor student, junior in college, frat boy, pulled over in Mercer County NJ for a routine traffic stop. Officer had inclination there was drugs/ paraphernalia inside vehicle, stated there was a faint smell of Marijuana coming from vehicle and with consent did a full search of said vehicle. Findings were: 2lbs of Marijuana, paraphernalia including a scale and other miscellaneous accessories inside the trunk of the vehicle. On his person, the findings were $3,000 cash monies. Arrested, fingerprinted, said vehicle confiscated, said drugs, paraphernalia and monies confiscated and a criminal case just on the horizon. An absolute miracle finding Cliff for representation. His extreme interest in the case, endless hours of hard work and his absolute knowledge of the law led us from a criminal drug case to a COMPLETE DISMISSAL!!!! Yes, a dismissal. Charged with drug possession, intent to distribute and numerous other offenses Cliff got the results we were looking for. The consificated vehicle returned and the case dismissed. An absolute miracle!!! Cliff couldn't have done a better job. Stayed in close contact with us the entire time the case was being worked out, always forth coming with information as he got it and never felt "out of the loop" the entire time. Was almost like a dream. He made us feel comfortable with the law, complete explanations of any and all questions and oh so very knowledgeable of the law. Definitely a super attorney, family guy and now considered a family friend. Could never express enough our deep appreciation for all that he has done. Very highly recommended and respected. Looking for an attorney, look no further, your search is over, he's #1 in his profession.
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Posted by Jennifer | February 18, 2011
Review of Mr Clifford E. Lazzaro
Without Mr. Lazzaro's legal representation, I would never have been granted my final restraining order. He is a very experienced trial attorney who prepared me prior to my testifying. He won my final restraining order hearing. Highly recommended
Posted by Damon | February 17, 2011
Trial Attorney
I was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for stabbing a person in the chest with a knife. After a 2 week trial, the jury was deadlocked. I trestified at trial that the victim pulled the knife against me and ended up being stabbed with his own knife. There were no fingerprints or other forensic evidence linking me with the recovered weapon. The vistim was a bully and the son of a cop. At the re-trial, the State offered me non custodial probation and the case went away thanks to Clifford Lazzaro. He is a "super" trial attorney. One of best in his profession. You can trust him with your life and know that you are in good hands.
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Posted by Rudy | February 15, 2011
Wrong place wrong time, guilt by association. Careful who you give a ride.
Gave my "friend" a ride to the pharmacy to fill "his Mother's" prescription and before I knew it I was under arrest for 3 felony charges. I was referred to Cliff Lazzaro by a close associate of mine. I was glad he was the right man for the job. Third degree prescription fraud and weapons possession charges downgraded to a disorderly person's offense because of Mr. Lazzaro's legal representation. Cliff is an excellent attorney. He worked my case ove a several month period of time and the result speaks for itself. Highest ratings!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2011
when you need to win
Hi.iam a 37yr old man who never been in trouble before.in 2009 I was accused of second degree sexual assault . As it was a shock wave in my life,I did not understand what was going on I was innocent. I went to Clifford's office a emotional reck seeking the best defense I could find. & it was nothing short of that.he (clifford) faught for me& my family to the end.the results was a dismissal of sexual assault.because of his efforts im back with my friends. And family
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2011
Hard working
I was charged in a federal criminal case with armed robbery and kidnapping. Mr. Lazzaro has worked tirelessly on my behalf. He got a bail package approved and then he negotiated a very good deal. It was a very complicated case with many defendants. I am very satisfied with his legal work. He is an outstanding lawyer. Very experienced in federal cases. While my case is still pending sentencing, I have great faith that Mr. Lazzaro will work to get me the best outcome possible for me and my family.
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Posted by John | February 10, 2011
Trustworthy
A remarkable attorney!!! I had third degree indictable charges for prescription fraud downgraded to disorderly persons due to Mr. Clifford Lazzaro's expertise. He is incredible making the right decisions for his clients and cares about them also. I highly recommend his "law talents". He is a great person and a great attorney which is hard to find today.
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Posted by Anthony | February 10, 2011
Great work of Cliff Lazzaro
I was facing 50 years on 2 first degree racketeering charges and one second degree witness tampering charge. Mr. Lazzaro was able to have both racketeering charges dismissed. He then negotiated a plea to third degree for witness tampering. I am forever grateful for the hard work and dedication Mr. Lazzaro put into my case. Clifford E Lazzaro is a very strong lawyer who wins the tough cases.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2011
False accusations dismissed, slanderous smear campaign stopped, and family dispute quickly settled by Cliff Lazzaro
Mr Lazzaro was referred to me from another attorney, in order to settle a family type dispute. His extensive knowledge and experience in family law provided me the peace of mind and confidence I needed when I entered that court room. Although the other litigant in this matter launched a full-scale smear campaign, false accusations and character attack against me through internet, phone and in person, I was able to successfully achieve satisfaction and quickly prevent this person from continuing their malicious campaign. Mr Lazzaro's decorum in the court is the pinnacle of firm professionalism and is juxtaposed by his warm, honest and personal demeanor toward his client. I felt like I was in control of the situation at all times in court, no matter how defamatory the other litigant's statements were. Even though my particular matter could have dragged on for additional weeks through further prosecution, Mr Lazzaro had the sense and ability to steer both sides in the case to a truce, and the matter was resolved to my utmost satisfaction. I would recommend Mr Lazzaro to anyone with a family dispute.
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1996.

Reprimanded issued in NJ, 1996
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Work Experience

  • 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

Education

  • Touro Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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.
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Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Trial Lawyers Association of America
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Rotary Club Monthly Meeting
  • Criminal Law
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
Endorse Clifford
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cliff is an amazing litigator and since we worked together in the Essex County Prosecutor's Office he has continued to develop and provide good service and good results for his clients. Of equal import, Cliff has developed substantial relationships with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle which allow him to effectively serve the interests of his clients. We all know that you need professional skills and people skills to make things happen. Cliff has both."
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Elizabeth Criminal defense Lawyer Clifford E Lazzaro
Clifford E Lazzaro
Criminal defense Attorney
Elizabeth, NJ
Licensed for 35 years
Virtual consultation available
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1996. See details