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John Menzel

DUI and DWI Attorney at Asbury Park, NJ

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  • State Years
    New York - NY 38 years
    New Jersey - NJ 39 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1985
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1984
    Active No misconduct found

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John Menzel, J.D., and his firm defend people charged with drunk driving and related offenses in New Jersey.  John Menzel, J.D., has

> appeared in more than 300 municipal courts in all of New Jersey's 21 counties.

> tried more than a thousand drunk driving cases.

> argued more than 100 appeals before the New Jersey Superior Court's Law and Appellate Divisions and New Jersey Supreme Court.

> prepared writs of habeas corpus in Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey and Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

> instructed lawyers and laypersons on drunk driving laws, breath testing instrumentation, and trial techniques at 149 seminars in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Alabama, Texas, Nevada, Georgia, Louisiana, and California.

> participated as a lead attorney in State v. Chun and State v. Foley, the seminal cases on the Alcotest 7110 MK-III-C in New Jersey as well as other significant cases on breath test refusal, motor vehicle operation, probable cause, and speedy trial.

> participating as a lead attorney in State v. Holland and State v. Pizzo dealing with NIST traceability and comparability of the Ertco-Hart digital temperature measuring system and Control Company digital thermometer used during Alcotest recalibrations.

> argued State v. Frye this past January in the New Jersey Supreme Court concerning whether prior DUI convictions should enhance sentencing on later breath test refusal convictions.

> wrote the NJSBA amicus brief to the New Jersey Supreme Court in State v. Koropchak concerning certain police reports should be admissible evidence at trial.



State v. Pizzo, 422 N.J.Super. 185 (., April 2011), after remand 309 (., Dec. 2011), the companion case to State v. Holland, a remand considering the efficacy of substituting the Ertco-Hart digital temperature measuring system used during Alcotest recalibrations with a digital thermometer manufactured by Control Company, Inc.

State v. Kim, 412 N.J.Super. 260 (. 2010), a puzzling affirmance of a breath test refusal conviction, following acquittal of DWI after trial, barring the challenge to the refusal conviction on procedural grounds but including a “concurrence” disagreeing with the majority’s determination on the merits.

State v. Chun, 191 N.J. 308 (2007), 194 N.J. 54 (2008), concerning admissibility of new breath testing technology--the Drager Alcotest 7110 MK-III-C breath testing device using version firmware

State v. Cummings, 184 N.J. 84 (2005), declaring unconstitutional the “preponderance of evidence” as the burden of proof for breath test refusal charges

State v. Foley, Cartegena, et al., 370 N.J.Super. 341 (Law Div. 2003), in Superior Court, Law Division, Camden County, concerning admissibility of new breath testing technology--the Draeger Alcotest 7110 MK III C breath testing device using version 3.8 firmware

State v. Farrell, 320 N.J.Super. 435 (. 1999), the leading case involving the rights to speedy trial and fundamental fairness for those charged with drunk driving in New Jersey

State v. Garthe, 145 N.J. 1 (1996), concerning the admissibility of Breathalyzer results in light of the secrecy surrounding Breathalyzer inspection procedures



John Menzel
603 Mattison Avenue
Suite 320
Asbury Park, NJ, 07712
John Menzel
2911 Route 88 Ste 12
Point Pleasant Boro, NJ, 08742-2871
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
great honest lawyer
I called Mr. Menzel because I got a speeding ticket on the parkway and was considering hiring a lawyer to fight it. Mr. Menzel told me that he wants to save me the money and he believes I can fight it myself and win it, and I don't need to waste the money on a lawyer. he spent 20 minutes on the phone with me walking me through the process of how to fight it and patiently answering all my questions. he did this even though he knew if I fight it myself I'm obviously not gonna hire him. its great to see that there's such honest people out there. when I got off the phone with him I looked him up online and saw that hes a top rated d.u.i. attorney. I was all the more impressed how even so he took the time to talk to me and help me with my ticket, which he had no personal gain from. aside from that he seemed extremely knowledgeable and professional. thanks Mr. Menzel! would definitely recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
John Menzel
After speaking with several attorneys , and meeting with several more, I chose John Menzel to represent me. One of the most difficult decisions I had to make over the course of almost one year in which Mr. Menzel represented me, was that initial decision. I spoke with John several times before deciding to hire him, and each time he gave me objective advice that helped me make an educated decision. Never a sales pitch. Once John began working on my case, it became very apparent that he had a incredible command of the law, and had experience with almost every scenario. Knowing that I had an extremely competent and experienced attorney gave me a great deal of comfort. Although John was clearly a busy and successful attorney, he always picked up the phone when I called, or got right back to me. He always answered my questions, and explained his answers. This made the process much easier for me and my family, but what really made the difference was Johns ability s in the courtroom, and his command of the law. John brought all of his expertise to bear on my case, which resulted in a positive outcome that I was told by virtually ever other attorney would not be possible. I have a significant back round in business, and have worked with many attorneys over the years. None are more competent, experienced , and compassionate that John Menzel. I was fortunate to have been represented by him, and highly recommend you speak to him before making a decision.
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Posted by Jim | October 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I retained John on the advice of an experienced attorney, who told me there was no better choice in a DUI matter. I found John to be both competent and ready to fight. Although my case was settled for less than the DUI, John was ready, willing and able to press on to trial, unlike some others who would only be willing to negotiate a plea. Considering all factors in a DUI case, I would recommend John Menzel.
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Posted by Taylor | September 6, 2016
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Excellent, Top Notch Professional Legal Service
I retained Mr. John Menzel to defend me in a New Jersey Traffic Violation (DUI) case. I met with two other attorney's before hiring Mr. Menzel. After asking around, everyone I spoke with, recommended Mr. Menzel. Mr. Menzel was always professional and prompt in answering any question I had. He always told me the pro's and con's of my case. Also, his staff kept me in the loop at all times with court dates and meetings with John. After several court hearings, John Menzel was able to have the Judge drop the DUI and all fines and penalties. I would recommend John Menzel to anyone seeking a professional and experienced DUI attorney.
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Posted by Michael | August 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My name is Mike. I'm a builder and in my line of business I often involved with legal issues of various natures: contractual obligations, professional performances, promises for delivery, legal compliances etc. In various of my legal representations I'm being represented by different attorneys, specializing in different branches of legal industry. When I got involved in DWI, I knew, I had only one chance to get "THE RIGHT LEGAL REPRESENTATION". Even though at the beginning I thought the quoted cost of legal representation wasn't the lowest, but believe me it worth every penny of such a professional representation. My story is simple - I had TWO DUI's four years apart. And in both cases I was represented by Mr. JOHN MENZEL, ESQ. I'm sure, I wasn't simply "lucky" in both DUI's. It took a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience, devotion and belief in Victory on Mr. Menzel's behalf to get me OUT FULLY AND COMPLETELY without any legal obligations. I think on a FIVE STAR RATING, Mr. JOHN MENZEL, ESQ. professional rating is - SIX.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • John Menzel, J.D.
  • 1993 - Present


  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984


  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • National Association For DUI Defense
  • 2018
  • Board Certified
  • National Association For DUI Defense
  • 2013
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Menzel is a true advocate for his clients. He is highly knowledgeable in the subject matter of DWI defense. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is not only an excellent attorney but also a great person. He is highly skilled in DUI Defense. I would recommend him to anyone. I consider him a colleague and a friend."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John has been in the forefront of DUI defense. He has been an invaluable resource for the best lawyers in the field. It has been my pleasure to hear John speak at numerous high level DUI seminars. Also, I have had the pleasure of engaging in numerous meaningful dialogues with John. Clearly you can't do better than John. Hire him to be there with you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Great DWI lawyer"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Menzel was an instructor at a seminar I attended. He not only attends the best training in the country, but he TEACHES at the best training in the country. He was an excellent instructor. If I was in trouble, I would not hesitate one second to call an hire Attorney Menzel. I confidently and wholeheartedly endorse the work of Attorney Menzel."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Menzel is very prompt about returning phone calls and incredibly knowledgeable about the law in New Jersey. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to a family member or friend."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having been a member of the National College for DUI Defense for over 10 years now, and as an annual attendee of two to three national DUI defense seminars, I have been privileged to get to know many of our nation's finest DUI defense attorneys. John Menzel is undoubtedly amongst this select group. He has a reputation for professional excellence both in and out of the state of New Jersey. He is known to be a well trained, experienced, compassionate DUI defense attorney. I proudly endorse John Menzel."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is one of the best DWI attorney's in NJ. His experience is second to none. He has been on the forefront of every serious DWI issue in our courts. He is also on the frontlines of making sure other attorneys, sometimes his competeition, are properly trained to handle DWI's. I highly recommend this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John has made himself into an expert in DWI/ DUI law and the science involved in these charges. His attack on the breath test machine showed incredible expertise and determination. John has gone above and beyond what most lawyers would ever consider doing for their clients. I give John my highest endorsement."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because he is a quality lawyer. Mr. Menzel is a teacher to other lawyers because of his exceptional knowledge of law and chemical testing, and the errors of the testing. Mr. Menzel knows how to find the facts and evidence that will get you the best results in your case if you have been charged with a DUI/DWI. He is a respected professional by his peers, Prosecutors and Judges. Prosecutors know when Mr. Menzel is taking a case to trial, they will have trouble proving their case because he knows more about the machines than their experts do. Isn't this the kind of lawyer you want representing you? If it was my case, and I was charged with a DUI/DWI, I would be hiring Mr. Menzel to represent me, and I am a lawyer; you should too."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anyone serious about DUI defense knows and respects John Menzel for the knowledgeable, zealous, but always gentelmanly advocate that he is. His work in the groundbreaking area of breath test source code litigation is the stuff of legends and has changed the landscape of DUI defense. I'm the happy recipient of his invaluable mentoring and without reservation, I highly endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Menzel is simply one of the best DUI lawyers in the country. His work in challenging the admissibility of breath tests is well known to every serious DUI lawyer. He is active in the National College for DUI Defense, and continuously participates in their educational programs at the highest level. He is considered one of the elite in the field, and anyone who is lucky enough to have John represent them is very well represented indeed."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Menzel is a highly qualified DUI defense attorney. That statement is an understatement of near biblical proportions. He was a litigator in the State v. Chun case which was the most comprehensive challenge to the use of alcohol breath testing to prove blood alcohol content done to date. It is legendary stuff. You as a potential new client would do yourself and your cause well in hiring Attorney Menzel. Not only do I recommend him and trust him, but so do many, many of his colleagues around the nation."
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Asbury Park DUI and DWI Lawyer John Menzel
John Menzel
DUI and DWI Attorney
Asbury Park, NJ
Licensed for 39 years
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