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Carl S. Spector

Criminal defense Attorney at Glen Rock, NJ

5.0   247 reviews
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  • State Years
    New York - NY 36 years
    New Jersey - NJ 37 years
    Florida - FL 33 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Carl

Learn Carl’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Criminal Defense Attorney. Former New Jersey Municipal Court Prosecutor and New York Assistant District Attorney practicing criminal defense attorney for over 30 years.

    37 years, 10,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    DUI and DWI defense attorney. Former New Jersey Municipal Court Prosecutor and New York Assistant District Attorney practicing DWI and DUI defense attorney for over 30 years.

    37 years, 10,000 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    10%
    Former New Jersey Municipal Court Prosecutor and New York Assistant District Attorney practicing criminal attorney for over 30 years.

  4. Drug Crime
    5%
    Criminal Defense Attorney. Former New Jersey Municipal Court Prosecutor and New York Assistant District Attorney practicing criminal defense attorney for over 30 years.

  5. Expungement
    5%

  6. Federal crime
    5%
    Former New Jersey Municipal Court Prosecutor and New York Assistant District Attorney practicing criminal attorney for over 30 years.

  7. Juvenile law
    5%
    Former New Jersey Municipal Court Prosecutor and New York Assistant District Attorney practicing criminal attorney for over 30 years.

  8. Sex crime
    5%
    Former New Jersey Municipal Court Prosecutor and New York Assistant District Attorney practicing criminal attorney for over 30 years.

  9. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    Traffic ticket defense attorney. Former New Jersey Municipal Court Prosecutor and New York Assistant District Attorney practicing criminal defense attorney for over 30 years.

    37 years, 10,000 cases

  10. White collar crime
    3%
    DUI and DWI defense attorney. Former New Jersey Municipal Court Prosecutor and New York Assistant District Attorney practicing DWI and DUI defense attorney for over 30 years.

  11. Violent crime
    2%
    DUI and DWI defense attorney. Former New Jersey Municipal Court Prosecutor and New York Assistant District Attorney practicing DWI and DUI defense attorney for over 30 years.

THE LAWYER YOU CHOSE CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

I have been practicing law for over 34 years.  I have been a Prosecutor in both New Jersey and New York.  Specifically, I was a Municipal Court  Prosecutor for three years in a large Bergen County town.  I was a prosecutor (Assistant District Attorney) in Bronx, New York for 6 years.

I have co-authored a book and taught on several occassions Continuing Legal Education lectures both in person and on line to attorneys in the field of criminal law.

For several years I was an Adjunct College Professor teaching several college level classes online for Strayer University.

I pride myself on personalized and aggressive legal representation.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 10 ...
Top Contributor 2019,2015,2014,2012
Top Contributor
2019 2015 2014 + 1 ...

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Location

Law Office of Carl Spector
411 Hackensack Avenue Suite 200
Hackensack, NJ, 07601
Law Offices of Carl Spector
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  247 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
I had a DUI along with two other charges making for a tricky situation. I'm happy to say I got them all dropped thanks to Carl. He is amazing at what he does and would hire him again. He is very straight forward, factual, and quick to get paperwork done. Just do what he says and you should be good to go. I wouldn't attempt to ask him in depth law questions. He isn't there to be a law teacher, he is there to fight for you and get the best possible outcome which he will.
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Response from Carl Spector October 29, 2021
Thank you very much for taking your time to write this review for me. It means a lot to me.Please let me know if you have any questions in the future. Be well.
Posted by M.M | June 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Carl is the BEST!
Since day one, working with Carl was the best decision I made. He is extremely knowledgable, and was thorough and detailed with me through out the whole process. I was in a pretty bad situation and had it not been for him I would still be in it. He was always available and answered any and every question I had. He is a great lawyer and I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of his services. Carl is the BEST.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb attorney
Hired Spector for a DV case and the case was dismissed thanks to Spector. He is super knowleadgable, responsible, and skillful in my case. He is also a very nice person to talk with. I recommend him 100%!
Posted by Vincent | March 11, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply The Best...
If you are looking for an attorney, do yourself a favor and look no further. Without going into the details of my case, I was charged with some very serious motor vehicle offenses which carried potentially very high fines and a loss of license. Carl went way above and beyond what I could have expected and worked tirelessly on my case, which went on for almost 2 years. When I finally had my day in court things turned out so much better than anyone would have anticipated. When everything was said and done, I couldn't have asked for a better result- I was able to keep my driving privilege and the fines that I had to pay were very manageable. I would recommend Carl to anyone without hesitation.
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Posted by Sonia | March 6, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% Recomended
I found myself in a horrible and traumatic situation because I was falsely accused by a healthcare worker at HUMC. Mr Spector, with his in-depth knowledge of criminal law, focus, and his easy-to-talk-to personality was able to end this false accusation at the pre-trial hearing. It was a pleasure working with Mr Spector because he quickly responded to my calls and emails, which was very important in these types of cases. I highly recommend him to defend you. His excellent representation enabled him to succeed where my first lawyer was not able.
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Posted by Joshua | January 30, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
You want to walk into a court room knowing you are fully prepared and ready for the best outcome, you need him going before you. The best.
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient, direct, and skilled attorney handled my complex case with ease.
I am happy to share with everyone my very positive experience with attorney Spector. He is a thorough, direct and highly experienced attorney who has mastered both sides of an argument and is able to anticipate the alternate side’s position. He worked quickly and efficiently. He ultimately managed to get 5 counts of misconduct/charges as well as one to two more serious offenses, completely dismissed and expunged with in a couple months- which I am told is highly unusual ! I am a licensed practitioner in the Stare of NJ, and would have had much to lose if the case had not gone as hoped, I would recommend him without hesitation.
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Posted by Joseph | November 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well prepared and prompt
Carl defended me well and obtained results I did not think were possible. He helped me feel protected and the resolved my case beyond satisfaction.
Posted by Garrett | October 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Carl Spector is excellent on all levels. He is thorough and patient and achieved a better outcome than expected. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary Attorney
Carl Spector is an excellent attorney. He handled my case with class, diligence and the utmost care. He is an expert in his field who worked hard to get my case dismissed. If you are faced with a criminal court situation, I would highly recommend Attorney Spector.
Response from Carl Spector July 27, 2023
Thank you for taking the time to write and post this review. I am very pleased that your case worked out so well. Please let me know if you have any follow up questions. Yours, Carl
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn’t be more happier
Couldn’t be more happier of the outcome really amazing lawyer if you listen to him, he will walk you through everything that you need to know, and he will find the best outcome for your case very happy and very pleased.
Response from Carl Spector July 27, 2023
Thank you for your feedback on your experience with me. I truly appreciate the time and effort that you made to write and post this review. Let me know if you have any questions. Be well, Carl
Posted by Eric | March 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dr
Carl was wonderful, clear and concise and was able to carry me through the process in a professional and sensitive manner.
Posted by Garo | March 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Garo
Carl handed my case with flying colors I'll highly recommend him for his professionalism
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Anonymous
Thank goodness, I hired Carl! My DWI charges were SEVERE. I had thought that my case was hopeless. I was facing losing my license for easily six months, not to mention numerous other penalties. Carl meticulously went through my police reports and found minor details in order to argue for leniency with the prosecutor. He was able to successfully have my charges lowered to the point where I was driving one day after court. He is an absolute expert at what he does. You must hire this exceptional attorney if you want the best possible outcome for your DWI.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
From our first conversation, Carl explained everything to me in terms I could easily understand and was always very responsive when I had questions. He had compassion for my emotional distress and helped me understand what to expect during the entire process. Carl flawlessly handled all court matters, correspondence, communications, motions, and details relating to my case. When the time came, he skillfully negotiated with the prosecutor and addressed the court in such a way that the best possible outcome was achieved. Carl is an exceptional attorney, and I am deeply grateful for his help.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I would like to highly recommend Carl Spector for his professionalism and great ability to communicate. He acted on a level that you only hope for when in a difficult circumstance. He was available for questions, answered in a clear way, and really helped to clarify. With his expertise and commitment to justice. I can assure you he is probably the best at what he does. We are grateful to him for his guidance and support. Thank you again.
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Posted by Miguel | August 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommendation
My name is Miguel and I hired Mr Carl Spector. Carl did a excellent job representing me, he explained everything to me step by step. I would highly recommend him to anyone for any case. Excellent Lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough and responsive.
Mr. Spector helped me advance a situation with a critical, methodical approach. As a result we achieved the goals we set out to accomplish. Most notably, he was highly responsive during a sensitive period when counsel was needed most. Highly recommend in situations needing care and attention.
Response from Carl Spector July 27, 2023
Thank you very much for working with me. I appreciate the review and wish you all the best. Thanks again, Carl
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impeccable Service
An amazing job. This is the type of you want in your corner, he will find all type of ways to get you the best plea and will do whoever he can to get it dismissed. I had a criminal case and he fought long and hard to get it dismissed.
Response from Carl Spector July 21, 2022
Thank you very much for writing and posting your review. It was a pleasure working with you. All the best. Be well. Carl Spector, Esq.
Posted by Evelyn | June 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful !
I contacted Mr. Spector in an effort to locate Court Disposition paperwork and was under the impression that he represented me in the case. Although Mr. Spector did not actually handle the case, he was more than helpful in assisting me in locating the appropriate court and provided me with direct links and websites to retrieve such documents. Time spent and not compensated for. Many thanks !
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Response from Carl Spector July 21, 2022
I appreciate the great review and I was glad to help you. Be well. Carl Spector, Esq.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Alternate Public Defender
  • Borough Of Fair Lawn
  • 2012 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Strayer University
  • 2011 - Present
  • Municipal Prosecutor
  • Borough of Fair Lawn
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Offices of Carl Spector
  • 1992 - Present
  • Loan Closer
  • Quality Closer LLP
  • 2008 - 2009
  • County Tax Board Attorney
  • Borough of Fair Lawn
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Planning Board of Adjustments
  • Borough of Fair Lawn
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Myers and Pico
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bronx County District Attorneys Office
  • 1986 - 1992
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Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1986
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DWI - New Jersey
  • ALLL CHARGES DISMISSED
  • DWI - New Jersey
  • ALLL CHARGES DISMISSED
  • New Jersey DWI - Reckless Driving Plea
  • DWI DISMISSED
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 1986 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • BBB Accredition
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers-Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • BBB Accreditaion
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2014
  • BBB Accreditation
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2013
  • BBB Accreditation
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2012
  • Top New York Lawyers
  • Arrive Magazine
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Criminal Cases From Arrest to Trial in New York
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • 16 Hour Bridge-The-Gap
  • The Anatomy of a Criminal Law Case
  • 2009
  • Litigation Skills for the Legal Staff
  • How to Handle a Criminal Case in New York
  • 2005
  • Litigation Skills For Legal Staff in New York
  • Litigation Skills For Legal Staff in New York
  • 2005
  • Criminal Cases from Arrest to Trial
  • Criminal Arrests and Processing for Attorneys
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (20)
Endorse Carl
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Carl is an experienced criminal defense and driving while intoxicated (DWI) attorney in New York and New Jersey. We have worked together on several cases and I refer clients to him on a regular basis in New York since I only practice in New Jersey. Carl is a great attorney and an even better guy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carl is the type of person with whom anyone would be happy to work. In addition to being a focused and knowledgeable attorney, he is one of the nicest people. He takes great pride in his work and is well respected by other members of the legal community, especially other members of the criminal defense section of the bar."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Carl for over twenty years Carl is an excellent lawyer . Carl is well respected and very Knowledgeable. You cannot go wrong Hire Carl"
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Carl and I worked together as Assistant District Attorneys over 25 years ago and have stayed in touch and worked on matters since. He is a diligent, well respected criminal defense attorney. I highly recommend him"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carl is a compassionate, clever, and well-respected advocate. His level of devotion to his clients is impressive. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Spector is a dedicated, highly-skilled lawyer well-respected within the legal community. I fully endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Carl is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients as well as his level of experience. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Carl. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Carl in action in both NY and NJ. In either state he is a zealous, passionate, and personable advocate. He goes above and beyond for his clients and is always one to generously share ideas and strategies with his fellow lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a criminal defense lawyer in New Jersey, I have known Carl Spector for years. He is a former DWI prosecutor and now handles defense cases in those areas. I send a lot of my New York cases to Carl as well. He is a top notch attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His education, experience and zeal for client advocacy make him a good criminal attorney who gets positive results. The courts in New York can be complicated, confusing and downright unfair. You want a competent criminal law attorney by your side when dealing with sensitive issues involving your children and their future. Mr. Spector is a guy who knows the ropes and will help you through the mess to a safe landing"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Carl Spector. His reputation as a top criminal/DWI attorney is due, undoubtedly, to his extensive experience, knowledge, and skill sets. My firm sends all of our NY criminal/DWI work to Carl because we are confident that he will get the job done and keep our clients' best interests in mind. Any criminal/DWI client will be well-served by Carl!"
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Carl has a special gift. It is called cross-examination. Not many attorneys are as skilled in cross-examination as Carl is. This is a very valuable tool in criminal defense. I highly recommend Carl."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am endorsing Carl for his knowledge and abilities as a criminal defense attorney. Over the past few years, I have referred close friends and other individuals in need of a criminal attorney, as I practice in this field. The people whom I have referred to Carl have always been very satisfied with his breadth of knowledge and professionalism. I endorse Carl's legal skills and will continue to refer clients to his practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carl Spector's is an excellent attorney who blends his experience as prosecutor with his experience defending clients rights to help clients reach their goals. He will go the distance and will exceed his clients expectations. I highly recommend Carl Spector as an attorney for all matters involving Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI and speeding and traffic tickets in New York and New Jersey."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Carl is a very caring, efficient, professional and knowledgable DWI attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Carl Spector, Esq. We have had several DWI trials together. He is extremely thorough and intellectual … and he is a respected adversary and Lawyer."
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