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Sean J. Spinello

DUI and DWI Attorney at Sea Girt, NJ

5.0   294 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 34 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 34 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Sean

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I am a former municipal prosecutor in the State of New Jersey.  Since graduating from the Rutgers School of Law in 1989, I have served as a prosecutor in over 20 New Jersey municipalities, including Barnegat, Beach Haven, Beachwood, Berkeley Township, Brick Township, Brielle, Eagleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Holmdel, Jackson Township, Lacey Township, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach Township, Manchester Township, Mountainside, Ocean Gate, Ocean Township, Pine Beach, Plumsted Township, Point Pleasant Beach, Point Pleasant Borough, Surf City, Stafford Township, Toms River and Tuckerton.  Now dedicated solely to defense practice, I founded my office to advocate for clients in DWI/DUI, drug, traffic, and municipal court matters throughout New Jersey.  I focus not only on the law but also any emotional/family/medical/psychological challenges facing each client.  After all, you are an individual person, not a file number, and no two cases or people are alike.  I have extensive experience representing individuals in DWI/DUI, drug, traffic, accidents and municipal court matters and have handled thousands of cases.  I am one of the limited number of defense attorneys in New Jersey to have been trained by the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General and the New Jersey State Police regarding the use and operation of the Alcotest breath testing instrument.  I am an experienced trial attorney and if retained will always fight for you to the best of my ability.  You will always deal directly with me, not a junior associate, and I accept cases throughout all of New Jersey.  My consultations are free and I look forward to speaking with you.  Sincerely, Sean Spinello

 

 

Location

Sean J. Spinello Law Offices, LLC
2150 Highway 35
Suite 250
Sea Girt, NJ, 08750
Sean J. Spinello Law Offices, LLC
107 Tindall Road
Middletown, NJ, 07748
Sean J. Spinello Law Offices, LLC
1072 Madison Avenue
Suite 175
Lakewood, NJ, 08701
Sean J. Spinello Law Offices, LLC
33 South Wood Avenue
Suite 600
Woodbridge, NJ, 08830
Sean J. Spinello Law Offices, LLC
197 Route 18 South
Suite 3000, South Wing
East Brunswick, NJ, 08816
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Reviews

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Posted by Doctor Mike | July 10, 2023
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Extraordinary Attorney and Outstanding Person
I have worked with many attorneys throughout my career. Recently, I spent over a million dollars on legal expenses as the point person of our groups business divorce. I can honestly say Sean is the best attorney I have ever worked with, and I feel very fortunate to have contacted him. Our AuPair received a triple digit speeding ticket on the Turnpike. He was honest and upfront about the possible outcomes, and I was very concerned. Through his expertise, he was able to get the most favorable result for us. I'm a good judge of people, and when I spoke to Sean about the case I knew he was the guy I wanted in our corner. If you are in a tough situation, talk to Sean. I think you will feel the same way.
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Posted by Nitin | June 29, 2023
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Superb service
I had Sean represent my son for a traffic violation ticket. Sean has deep experience in this area and was able to get the charge downgraded. Excellent communication and great service. Was a pleasure to work with him.
Posted by Brian | June 25, 2023
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Service above and beyond
Mr. Spinello explained everything from start to finish. My case was handled personally, and professionally. I couldn't be happier with his service. Thank you very much.
Posted by Nikhil | June 15, 2023
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A Lawyer Who Exceeded Expectations
I recently had the pleasure of being represented by attorney Sean Spinello for 2 traffic ticket incidents, and I can say without hesitation that his services were nothing short of extraordinary. His high level of professionalism, understanding, communication, and knowledge places him among the very best legal advisors I've ever encountered. Sean's understanding and empathetic approach were refreshing. He listened to my situation with genuine interest, making me feel heard and seen. If you are in need of legal representation, especially pertaining to traffic law, I would wholeheartedly recommend Sean. The quality of his work not only speaks to his skill as a legal advisor but also to his character as a compassionate human being. Thank you, Sean, for turning a stressful situation into a manageable, even positive experience.
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Posted by Sugnana | May 25, 2023
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Traffic ticket
I had 6 traffic ticket and Sean did a phenomenal job by working with prosecutor and able to dismiss 3 of them and rest 3 tickets I ended up paying a fine with 0 points. I will definitely recommend Sean for any traffic related issues. He is the best to work with and he is very reachable and also he is very responsive to any questions immediately.
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Posted by Noah | May 17, 2023
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Great Lawyer
Sean was amazing. He made me feel comfortable throughout the process and was very responsive. Would recommend to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2023
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Best lawyer out there
Sean always helps me out. I had a pretty serious ticket and he was able to get it dismissed. I’m always thankful for his service.
Posted by VK | April 22, 2023
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Great lawyer - recommeneded
Sean helped represented my speeding ticket. He took time to understand the overall situation, advised on possible outcomes, and was very transparent with the whole process. He also prepared well for the court session and helped resolve our issue. Surely recommend for anyone looking help with driving tickets
Posted by Alison | March 30, 2023
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Wonderful Attorney!
We were so lucky to find Sean when we needed help. He was professional, explained all our options, eased our concerns and gave us his best recommendations. In the end, Sean was able to resolve our situation and got us the best possible outcome. We are grateful for everything he did. Thank you Sean!
Posted by Eric | March 27, 2023
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Hired him
When i got my traffic ticket, I remember calling like 10 lawyers Sean was last one I spoke too. He was responsive, caring and on top of that his fee is also very reasonable. He made this whole court process very easy even going virtual court he was there helping me the whole way. If I get in trouble again, this is first person I'm calling. Hire this Man!
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2023
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Excellent Attorney
Sean helped me a traffic violation and he was excellent. The ticket was reduced to a much more minor offense. He was organized and professional. He made the experience go very smooth and easily and achieved the result we wanted.
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2023
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I thought my life was over!
This man is a magician! He kept me level headed during a process that is not easy to deal with and while I was worried about all the worst case scenarios, he felt strong about it all the way…. To the second they threw out my case! Worth every cent! And would hire him again!
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2023
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Traffic violation got dismissed
After several court appearances Sean was able to dismiss the traffic violation Responses right away telephone calls, emails Very thorough with follow ups and dates Send reminders the day before the appearance I have used services few times very impressive and recommend
Posted by Sukumar | January 3, 2023
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7-star attorney - I am grateful he represented me for my severe traffic violation
Sean represented me on a severe traffic violation (excessive speed and reckless driving). Since I already had prior speeding tickets going back many years, I was in a bad situation. Sean was able to break down the options open to me clearly and concisely. He explained the entire process from that point to the day of the court appearance. He stayed in touch throughout the process. He explained the online court process a couple of days before the court appearance and on the day of the court stayed in contact since the proceedings were all online. The possibility of a license suspension was my major concern and that had me nervous on the day of the court, but Sean portrayed calm competence throughout and that went a long way in steadying my nerves. When he came out of the discussion with the prosecutor with the plea deal that dropped my charges to a relatively minor infraction and more importantly with no license suspension, he basically made my year. Even the judge made mention of the fact that Sean bailed me out of the sticky situation. Look no further than Sean Spinello for legal counsel on traffic matters and more.
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Posted by Julian | November 3, 2022
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Totally game changer
I was basically out of the road for as minimum as 17 months due a DWI He took care of every single step. I didn’t even have to do much other than follow every direction given. Someone honest that will take care of your situation He also give you advise on all the possibilities to get you out of it My case was close with a 6 month’s interlock and all other 4 tickets dismissed I definitely will recommend him any time I hope not to need him again but we call him if I have to. Thanks so much again
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Posted by Janet | October 17, 2022
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New Driver Traffic Ticket
Mr. Spinello was fantastic counsel for my son in resolving his traffic ticket. This was a long and arduous process because my son had a provisional license, but Mr. Spinello resiliently represented him and a year later we got the outcome we were looking for. We are so grateful and highly recommend him.
Posted by Jake | October 5, 2022
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Great attorney
Sean Spinello has helped me with multiple tickets over the years and i can honestly say this man is a magician. In all seriousness though, Sean has always proven to be a great lawyer with great communication and works hard to get me the best deal possible. I would recommend him to represent you.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2022
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Attorney
I had some charges that could have criminally indicted me but Sean brought that down to minor ordinance charges in civil violations. Additionally, he brought down four charges where three of them got negated and he brought the last traffic charge down to a failure to comply with traffic laws which resulted in a reduction of fine. Thank you Sean!
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Posted by Christopher | August 26, 2022
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Sean is the one!
Sean is a hero! Took my case, with little time to prepare and our turnout was better than we expected. Highly experienced, professional, no games, no gimmicks, great person. Sean will not steer you wrong! Thank you Sean for all of your help. I thank God that you were my lawyer and I choose you again, if ever needed or recommend you to my friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2022
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5 Stars is not enough
As a CDL licensed professional, having a clean driving record is the upmost importance. I trusted Sean Spinello to get me out of 2 moving violations and he succeeded with ease. In and out of court within 5 minutes. I’d recommend Sean to everyone!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Sean J. Spinello Law Offices, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • State Of New Jersey
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Citt, Holzapfel and Zabarsky, PC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Senior Assistant Vice President and Law Professor
  • Rutgers University
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Dean and Professor
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Dean and Law Professor
  • Rutgers University
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Managing Partner
  • Spinello Law Firm
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Adjunct Law Professor
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • 1993 - 1993
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • State Of New Jersey
  • 1989 - 1994
  • Attorney
  • Post Polak Goodsell MacNeill & Strauchler
  • 1989 - 1994
  • Law Clerk
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone Company
  • 1987 - 1989
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Education

  • Rutgers University
  • Ed. M.
  • 2000
  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Rutgers University, Cook College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DWI, Refusal and Criminal Drug Charges Dismissed
  • DWI, Refusal and Criminal Drug Charges Dismissed
  • 104 MPH Speeding Charge Dismissed
  • 104 MPH Speeding Charge Dismissed
  • DWI Dismissed
  • DWI Dismissed
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Associations

  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • Member, Municipal Court Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • Member, Criminal Practice Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • Member, Mock Trial Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Municipal Court Committee
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Presenter, Expungement Law Continuing Education Seminar
  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 10%
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Oustanding Citizen Award
  • Middlesex County Sheriff's Officers Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 59
  • 2016
  • Top 10%
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Best of New Jersey
  • The Italian Voice
  • 2015
  • Man of the Year
  • Mountainside Police Benevolent Association
  • 1993
  • Certified Mediator
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • 1991
  • National Mock Trial Team
  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • 1989
  • Moot Court Board
  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • 1989
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions
  • Post-Docs and Collective Bargaining: Issues and Trends
  • 2010
  • National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions
  • Are Contingent Faculty Interests Best Represented in Joint Bargaining Units or in Units Distinct and Separate from Those of Full-time Faculty? Preferences of Current Administrators and Union Leaders
  • 2009
  • Academy of Academic Personnel Administrators
  • Bargaining in Challenging Times and getting Financial Issues Under Control - Impact on Retirement, Benefits and Workload
  • 2009
  • Rutgers University Graduate School of Education
  • Education Law
  • 2008
  • Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers
  • FERPA 101
  • 2004
  • Rutgers University Graduate School of Education
  • Law of Higher Education
  • 2001
  • Rutgers University Graduate School of Education
  • Education Law
  • 2001
  • Association of College Unions International
  • Legal Issues in Student Affairs
  • 2001
  • Rutgers University Graduate School of Education
  • Education Law
  • 2000
  • Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
  • Baccalaureate Speaker
  • 1999
  • Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers
  • Student Alcohol Harm Reduction: A Joint Student-Administration Approach
  • 1997
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Legal Writing
  • 1993
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (20)
Endorse Sean
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean is an outstanding attorney. He is extremely knowledgable, intelligent and competent to handle the most complex criminal/DWI related matters. As a prosecutor, he was tough but fair. Now he's utilizing his experience to help people accused of violating the law. I wholeheartedly endorse him and his skills."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Spinello served as opposing counsel in a number of matters where I represented clients charged with DWI. He showed on each of these occasions a tremendous knowledge of DWI law. I endorse this attorney."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean is an excellent attorney. He cares about each case and client. Sean is a man of great integrity and gets fantastic results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is an excellent attorney. Sean is very professional, highly knowledgeable in the law and extremely dedicated to his client's cases. He is an outstanding advocate for his clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Spinello trained me when I was a new Municipal Court Prosecutor, so I can tell you first hand that he is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of Municipal Court law, especially DWI law. As a defense attorney Mr. Spinello is always courteous, thoroughly prepared, respected by Judges, and often times has researched a unique and compelling legal argument in his client’s defense. Moreover, Sean displays a genuine sense of compassion for the clients he represents. I offer my highest recommendation of Sean Spinello when selecting an attorney for your Municipal Court matters."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Spinello is a well-versed and cordial attorney who I would consider a friend in our community. His experience and knowledge prove most beneficial to his clients."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean is an excellent attorney. He works hard to develop a positive rapport with each client he represents. Not only is he extremely well-informed and experienced in his application of the law, but he is also sympathetic and attentive with regard to the needs and concerns of his clients. I do not hesitate to recommend this attorney, as I have seen first-hand the way he vigorously advocates on behalf of his clients, while always maintaining a close and caring relationship with those he works to serve."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When I was a municipal prosecutor I worked on numerous matters with Mr. Spinello, he is a great attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I see Mr. Spinello in several municipal courts throughout New Jersey. He is very knowledgeable, and works hard for his clients. The prosecutors and judges throughout New Jersey respect Mr. Spinello. I highly endorse this attorney."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer because I know him from when he prosecuted cases and back then he always managed to temper his sense of justice with mercy and now I know it is because he was a defense attorney at heart. Now that he does what he loves he knows and anticipates the prosecutor's position before he even meets with him and he does this better than anyone else I know in this business. In other words, Sean knows every trick in the book, which explains why he helps his clients out so much. This is why I endorse Sean Spinello."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Exceptional attorney with extensive experience. While a formidable adversary in the court room (Sean was a prosecutor), he always maintained the highest integrity in his role as a prosecutor to seek justice. He was fair and thoughtful, always mindful of the legal, moral and ethical implications of his actions. As an adversary, he was capable and thorough. I would rate him a 10 out of a 10. As a defense attorney, Sean maintains that commitment and obligation to the people he represents. His character is exemplary and he is among the most respected attorneys in the local bar. Beyond that, he has a full spectrum of experience prior to his prosecuting activities that give him a unique perspective in the field."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Spinello is a leader in the community and in his profession. I have known Mr. Spinello for over 15 years, and he is professional and abides by the highest ethical standards."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sean Spinello was a Municipal prosecutor in many towns in Ocean County before he went into private practice. As the prosecutor he was my adversary in many DUI/DWI and other municipal court matters as I would represent the defendants in such matters. It is not often I compliment an adversary who is now also seeking to represent defendants, but in Sean's case I will make an exception. Sean flat out knows what is doing in any municipal court matter. Add to that he is professional, courteous and respectful of the court, opposing counsel and the defendants/clients and you have a winning combination. For these reasons I highly recommend Sean Spinello for any DWI/DUI matter or any other municipal court matter because he knows what he is doing and he cares!!"
General practice Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Sean is one of the most talented lawyers with whom I had the pleasure of working. He dedicates himself conscientiously and relentlessly to the pursuit and protection of his clients' interests and also beings good common sense and an extensive knowledge of the law to the table to ensure his clients receive the best possible results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney. Knows the law and people."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Sea Girt DUI and DWI Lawyer Sean J. Spinello
Sean J. Spinello
DUI and DWI Attorney
Sea Girt, NJ
Licensed for 34 years
Free Consultation