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Sean J. Spinello

DUI and DWI Attorney at Sea Girt, NJ

5.0   280 reviews

Licensed for 33 years

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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

 

 

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Licensed for 33 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 11/08/2022
State PA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1989
Updated 10/01/2022

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Sean J. Spinello Law Offices, LLC
Sean J. Spinello Law Offices, LLC
Sean J. Spinello Law Offices, LLC
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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Sean received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Kareem | January 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
DWI, Refusal and Drug Charges All Dismissed!!!!!
Sean put in work for me in ways then just proving my innocents. He had faith in me and told me to keep my chin up when the system turned my life and reputation upside down for over a year for actions I never did. You couldn't ask for more of dedicated and committed Lawyer to have your back. Thank You Again Sean! You gave back my life.
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Posted by Tom | June 10, 2016
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Dismissal of a DWI charge
I felt it imperative I leave my positive experience that my daughter, as well as my wife and I had with Mr. Sean Spinello. My daughter unfortunately received a DWI toward the end of February of 2016 and while the impact of the ticket was devastating for her, as well as for us, we felt it essential to hire an attorney who had vast legal experience, including DWI cases and we hired Mr. Spinello to represent my daughter who was 21. A conviction of a DWI on anyone's record can be devastating, as well as life altering. Our first meeting with Mr. Spinello was so very positive, as he was very sympathetic and understanding to my daughter's predicament, and his extensive knowledge of the law was very impressive. Mr. Spinello outlined how the case would transpire and gave us an understanding of different outcomes that may result as a result of receiving a DWI ticket, but his positive attitude was very comforting to all of us. On behalf of my daughter, Mr. Spinello submitted a not guilty plea to the DWI charge. While we were understandably anxious because the DWI case took a few months because Mr. Spinello had to first obtain all the discovery of the case, such as medical records and the police report, he kept reassuring us that it was critical to obtain all the evidence for him to review for any type of discrepancies that could affect the outcome in a favorable manner to my daughter. Upon review by Mr. Spinello of all discovery that he obtained, he did in fact cite discrepancies and other evidence that may be favorable in my daughter's case. On June 1 of 2016, after an extensive meeting Mr. Spinello had with the town prosecutor, he was able to show just cause and sufficient evidence and ultimately the outcome was that my daughter's DWI charge was dismissed. This dismissal was a blessing for my daughter and it all was predicated on the long and extensive work and knowledge by Mr. Spinello. We cannot adequately express in words our gratitude and thanks to Mr. Spinello for the successful outcome of this case. I would strongly suggest and recommend the services of Mr. Spinello to any and all potential clients as he could positively affect your life as well.
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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!
Posted by Mark | August 23, 2022
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Excellent Attorney
Sean was exceptional and his expertise on DMV matters was amazing. He put me at ease and was spot on with his recommendation and expertise. I would recommend him to anyone with DMV issues.
Posted by Benjamin | August 2, 2022
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Superior Service
Sean handled my case with utmost respect, care and efficiency. He was able to expeditiously remediate my traffic tickets to non - moving violations. I highly suggest him for any traffic infractions you may have incurred. Mr. Spinello is a tried and true professional and I would absolutely use him for representation again.
Posted by Ezgi | June 8, 2022
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Very trustworthy
My coworker recommended Sean Spinello for my 4 point speeding ticket and after court today I see why he recommended Sean. Sean’s responsiveness allowed him to guide me through each step to stay on top of everything in a timely manner from the moment I received the ticket and even after the court date. He was on time with every email/update they had sent out and kept communication with me that made this a very smooth process for me as his client. He is extremely professional and also very friendly. Definitely very happy that he represented me and brought a 4 point ticket to 0. Thank you Sean
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Posted by Corinne | May 25, 2022
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Quick & Easy Traffic Ticket
Sean was very helpful with keeping points off of my license for a traffic violation. Communication was quick & easy, results were great.
Posted by Lance | May 13, 2022
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Very Satisfied
Sean took our traffic case a day before our court date. He was able to get it adjourned and subsequently dismissed all tickets. He was very thorough and knowledgeable and responded quickly. Hopefully we won't need to but if I need an attorney in the future I surely will be calling him.
Posted by Joe | March 30, 2022
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Highly Recommended
My legal issues were challenging, particularly during the pandemic. Things in the courts took much longer than they did prepandemic. It was so comforting to allow Sean to manage of all of this. His communication was excellent and he knows his area with great expertise. I would absolutely use him again in the future - but I hope I won't need to for my sake ;-)
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Posted by DANIEL | February 9, 2022
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I love this men
This man literally saved my life. I was looking at a criminal charge, 6 months in jail or up too 18 mandatory, and 2 year's loss of license...... I got 30 days loss of license.
Posted by Nicholas Moulton | January 20, 2022
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amazing attorney
He brought down something that would 1000 dollars to pay as well as lose my license to, just paying less than 600 and keeping my license while I'm in probationary. He has also broke down every step and every possibly. If you are looking for an attorney that gives you the best of chances, you hire Sean Spinello.
Posted by Yaser | January 3, 2022
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Professional, attentive & reliable.
Sean is a excellent attorney! I highly recommend him! He’s extremely professional & unlike the majority of attorneys, he is ALWAYS available when you need him. He has great communication & listening skills. Sean is straight forward when giving you advice on potential outcomes. If you’re looking for someone to answer all your questions along with finding you a solution, Sean is your go to! I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Mayur | December 22, 2021
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Traffic offenses , DUI, Criminal matters
One stop shop for everything for all matters!!! The most professional and knowledgeable lawyer I have ever met and he gave me his undivided attention from the moment I stepped into his office. I knew immediately after meeting him in his office that this is the guy who I want to represent me. I've had many instances in the courthouses for various situations some minor and some serious and major. Sean Spinello is the best representation hands down. Sean is an even 10 x better person. From Buying my first Home, traffic offenses and DUI. Sean Spinello has provided me the best possible outcome more than what I was deserving of and way better than my expectations, EVERYTIME!!!. Sean is batting a 1.000 for me. Sean Spinello is my go to guy for everything!!! Thanks a million Sean!!!
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Posted by Ray | December 15, 2021
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DUI
I hired Mr Spinello to represent me for a DUI charge I was facing from earlier this year. He clearly explained what I was facing and the best course of action to take, After taking his expert advice he managed to get my BAC .19 excluded and got me the minimum penalty of 3 months with an interlock device at sentencing. I'm very satisfied with the outcome and Mr Spinello professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2021
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Great Lawyer!
He was very transparent with me with what to expect and possible outcomes of my case and answered any questions I had. I received a speeding ticket as well as a reckless driving ticket. With his help I ended up being able to keep my license, get the reckless driving ticket dropped and my speeding ticket reduced. Thank you so much for all of your help! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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Cost

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

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

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

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 33 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available