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Raymond Raya

DUI and DWI Attorney at Freehold, NJ

4.9   65 reviews

About Raymond

Learn Raymond’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%
    Ray has handled 1,000's of DWI, DUI and Refusal cases across New Jersey. With over 18 years experience, he has a depth and breadth of knowledge that enables him to develop the best strategies and defenses for each particular case.

    23 years

  2. Criminal defense
    29%

    23 years

  3. Juvenile law
    10%

    23 years

  4. Expungement
    5%

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%

    23 years

  6. Animal law
    1%

The Raya Law Firm was built on the steadfast belief that everyone deserves a second chance. For over eighteen years, we have worked diligently for our clients, and have looked at each day in court as an opportunity to use our skills, knowledge and experience to secure the best possible outcome in every case. Our clients are genuine people who have our respect and attention. We strive to help our clients both in and out of the courtroom so that they can move on from their matter in a positive way with as few repercussions as possible. Each case is important to us because the lives each case affects are important. Our clients inspire us, and we hope that our efforts inspire them to take any second chance they receive and use it in a meaningful way.

Photos and videos

Myself and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi entering Seaside Heights Municipal Court.
Licensed for 24 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/07/2022

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

Contact Raymond

Ray Raya, Esq.
PO Box 6172
Freehold, NJ, 07728

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by sandeep | August 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Ray is a great lawyer that has helped me in a few situations. I recommend him highly
Posted by Vince | August 8, 2022
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Never let me down
I have used Ray's services on a few occasions. He never let me down. He's very responsive and always returns calls and answers all your questions. Works hard for his clients. I have him on speed dial.
Posted by Roni | September 16, 2021
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The best you can get!!
Ray Raya is an amazing lawyer, he took care of us with special care, he treats his clients as if they are family and makes sure to get the best possible income. He works long and hard to make sure his clients are taken care of. I would definitely recommend to everyone!
Posted by Patrick Fogata | February 10, 2021
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Simply the Best!
Ray is the best defense attorney that you will ever have the pleasure of hiring! He is calm, professional, skilled and a great person in general! You will not find a better attorney to have on your side than Ray Raya-he is well worth his weight in gold! More than just an attorney-he is a compass that helps to move you in a better direction in life and has the skill and prowess to help give you that second chance that we all deserve! Thank You Ray!
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Posted by Max | September 2, 2020
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Great local lawyer
Ray Raya was a great advocate for our family. He is clear, compassionate, and clearly experienced with the local courts. He is very well respected by the courts and has deep relationships that make the process much less stressful and set you up for the best outcome he can achieve. We would highly recommend using Ray, you will not find a more passionate and professional defender around.
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Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
Ray Raya is a man of his word. From our first meeting to the day that all charges against me were summarily dismissed and expunged, events played out exactly as Mr. Raya predicted they would. He is a skilled court attorney, a savvy negotiator, and a pretty funny guy to boot. Most importantly, he represented me with intuition and tenacity. Hiring Ray was the best decision I could have made. His guidance was the difference between a guilty plea and a clean record.
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Posted by John Peters | November 2, 2019
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Awesome
Ray got me through one of the roughest times in my life. I owe him a lot. There isn’t another Lawer as skilled and compassionate as him. He helped me and my family by keeping us up to date on everything. He went above and beyond what a (Lawyer) has to do. I will always be grateful to him thank ray you are the best.
Posted by Michael Kennedy | October 20, 2019
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Best Attorney in NJ
Ray Raya was honest about the process and put all the options on the table. He tirelessly worked for the best result for me and my family. I would highly recommend and would not hesitate to call him if need be.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
He went above and beyond to provide legal advice and services to a fellow attorney. He took his time discussing the issues and potential outcomes. He is extremely knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2019
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Top Notch
Ray helped me overcome a DUI charge. He is resourceful and knows precisely what to do and what not to do. He will expertly guide you through the process. This was a really difficult time for me, but Ray made it much easier to deal with. Whatever extra he may charge over the next attorney is worth it. If you find yourself in this difficult situation, call Ray.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2019
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WIN
Ray Raya is the best lawyer in town. He was the only lawyer that was able to give me my first win. He helped me with a couple of cases and was great for all three. He communicates well and knows everyone in town. He will not let you down and it worth every penny!
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2019
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Delighted
Mr.Raya was my legal representative for numerous traffic violations that occurred in January 2019. After initially consulting with Mr.Raya I immediately decided that he was very capable and the person I needed to represent me. He was always professional, caring and thoughtful throughout the process which finalized in an excellent outcome with very serious violation either being dismissed or plead to a lower violation. Mr. Raya was forthright in his explanation of the possible outcomes and therefore we were pragmatic and very thankful to all concerned in the final judgement. Any prospective client will be well served by Mr. Raya.
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Posted by Brian | June 17, 2019
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What an amazing lawyer
I was referred to Ray from an business associate. Ray was able to take on my case after I explained the situation. Things could have gone really bad for my. Ray and his staff at the office took the time to explain that they would do everything in their power to help me out. When court came Ray did everything he explained would happen and I could not have been happier. His service was exception and I would recommend Ray to anyone. I could not be more thankful that I found the right person and I am able to move on with my life without having this burden over my head. Thanks Ray for everything you did. Brian
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Posted by Andrea | April 30, 2019
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Defense Attorney
Mr. Raya was very engaged and sincere each time we reviewed my case and was very effective in communicating the matter to the court. I would consider him for any future legal needs and recommend him highly to anyone in need of good representation.
Posted by DENNIS | April 12, 2019
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Mr.
Ray did an outstanding job representing me in traffic court. He responded to my concerns and requests for information promptly. Ray was able to get a reduction in points against my record.
Posted by Dennis | February 25, 2019
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Raya Law
Mr. Raya was great to work with! Very professional and took the time to understand my situation and keep me informed. Mr.Raya was extremely attentive and very helpful!
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2019
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Great Attorney
I was issued a, DUI / Stop Sign / and Reckless driving summons , and was facing loss of license, thousands of dollars in fines, and penalties, but thanks to the excellent representation I received by hiring Ray, He manged to have it reduced to just one Careless driving offense. A $189 fine. I would hire him again in a heartbeat, and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone who is seeking justice.
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Posted by Steve | December 14, 2018
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The go-to problem solver
Without going into details, I was being saddled with a variety of charges that would have originally amounted to felony charges in Superior Court. Ray was able to intervene and resolve my legal issues very quickly (in two hearings) where penalties were reduced to simple fines by applying reason and knowledge. This is admittedly the second time I had retained Ray for issues. While inexperienced/incompetent lawyers will approach the prosecutors and judge in a manner that is subservient, and sometimes view their clients without much genuine care, Ray speaks to everyone with the same candor and respect. He has a gift for being able to build rapport with people quickly and knows exactly when to apply soft skills while communicating with others. For this reason, out of the dozens of lawyers that I know personally and the hundreds that I have met in my line of work, Ray is not just in the top 1%, he is my go-to solution if I ever find myself in trouble.
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Posted by Amanda | December 5, 2018
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My review on Mr. Raya
Mr. Raya was very helpful as my lawyer with a recent ticket I had received. He was professional and explained everything very clearly. I highly recommend him!
Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2018
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Represented a family member
Mr. Raymond Raya is a very qualified attorney, he explained the different options to my cousin and the outcome he wanted for her. Mr. Raya was very professional and I will definitely recommend him to other people.
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Municipal Public Defender
  • Keansburg Municipal Court
  • 2008 - Present
  • Municipal Public Defender
  • Holmdel Municipal Court
  • 2003 - Present
  • Solo Practioner
  • Raymond Albert Raya, Esq. Attorney at Law
  • 2003 - Present
  • Municipal Public Defender
  • Keyport Municipal Court
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Municipal Public Defender
  • Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Prinle Quinn Anzano
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1995 - 1995
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Education

  • William & Mary Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Binghamton University, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • State v. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
  • Case dismissed.

Associations

  • Monmouth County Municipal Public Defender's Association
  • President
  • 2006 - Present
  • Monmouth Bar Association, Municipal Court Committee
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Governor's Task Force on Motor Vehicle Fines
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Outstanding Citizen Award for Help with Hurricane Sandy Relief
  • Borough of Keansburg
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Hot Topics in Municipal Court
  • Driving While Suspended for DWI
  • 2019
  • Municipal Court CLE Conference
  • Municipal Court
  • 2012
  • State v. Yazed Essa
  • Legal Commentator
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (9)
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Whenever I need knowledgeable experienced criminal defense lawyer to recommend to anyone I know, Ray is always my first attorney to call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ray is a very good guy and zealous advocate for his clients. My firm does not handle criminal defense or municipal court matters, and I refer my clients and friends to Ray without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I handled matters with Mr. Raya while I was an Assistant Prosecutor, and have seen him at work in my new capacity as a defense attorney. I am always impressed with his knowledge, and his passion for each individual client."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Raya for over twelve years. He is a true advocate for clients facing municipal court prosecution throughout the State of New Jersey. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Raymond Raya is one of the best attorneys I know - highly intelligent, passionate about his work and compassionate about his clients. His no-nonsense, common sense approach to solving legal dilemmas places him in a class above most of the attorneys in the state."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the great pleasure of working with Raymond Raya. His tremendous wealth of knowledge, incredible ability to develop complex strategies, and sincere desire to get the very best outcome for every client make him stand out from among his peers. Ray is extremely professional and well respected by everyone in every courtroom. But perhaps what is most impressive is his true interest in helping his clients beyond their legal matters. He encourages them to take life by storm and see opportunities instead of obstacles. His deep-seated belief that every person deserves a second chance makes Ray an excellent advocate and an inspiring individual."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Raymond Raya is an intelligent, articulate, professional, responsible and caring attorney. I would trust him with any legal matter he takes on. He handles cases in a manner which leaves his clients happy that they hired him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ray for many years. We worked together when he was a public defender, and I was the prosecutor in the same town. The most impressive aspect of Ray's mode of practice is his commitment to his clients. He does what it takes to put his clients in the best legal position possible, thereby ensuring the best outcome possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Raya's knowledge and experience make him an excellent choice for anyone facing criminal charges, a DUI, or traffic offenses. His reputation lends to his skills in aiding him in resolving matters favorably for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ray is an exceptional attorney!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Raya. He knows the law and gets results. He is the attorney that I refer my criminal and municipal matters to."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Ray is one of the finest attorneys I know. Besides being one of the most skilled and clever defense attorneys in the State, he is an honorable, caring, and ethical human being."
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