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Robert L. Tarver Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Toms River, NJ

4.2   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

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The Law Offices of Robert L. Tarver, Jr. provides aggressive, confidential, no nonsense service at a time when you most need it.  We are premier criminal and civil trial attorneys with proven results. We handle all types of Criminal matters including Homicide, Drug Crimes and Sex Crimes. I am a nationally recognized as a trial expert and I have served as consultant to NBC News, CBS News, CNN and FOX News


*   Trial Attorney with neary 30 years of experience


*   Former Prosecutor


*  Former Chief Public Defender of Ocean County


*  Teaching Team, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Program (18 years)

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Law Offices of Robert L. Tarver, Jr
66 South Main Street
Toms River, NJ, 08757-5109

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4.2 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
He was the only lawyer out of dozens I have spoken with who was able to grasp the case I presented to him and he was patient and willing to help me!
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!!!
Mr. Tarver is by far the best attorney I have ever worked with! He is very well versed in the Law. Not only is he an outstanding Attorney, he is also an amazing and caring person to work with. I had the opportunity to see him work on two cases one for myself and another for someone else in my family. In both, Mr. Tarver went above and beyond and won both cases through his tenacity and diligence, and unwillingness to give up! Honestly, anyone who chooses him is in great hands!
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very pleased. Handled everything with expertise and professionalism. Outcomes were much better than anticipated.
Posted by Billie | August 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Robert L. Tarver, Jr. Esq., represented me and my sister in a civil matter and he did an outstanding job!!!! As a result of his diligence and perseverance, the matter was ultimately dismissed against us. The next time I am in need of an attorney, Robert L. Tarver, Jr. Esq. is the attorney for me!!!!! He is an excellent attorney and knows his stuff!!!!
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Posted by Jeffery | January 6, 2015
a lost level of excellence
If it was not for Mr. Tarver I would have definately been railroaded! Im a former police officer who had bad accusations against me, Mr. Tarver took time to analyze the playing field of my preceedings and told me what was going to happen before it happened(good and bad). Mr. Tarver handled my case with honor, after my first crooked lawyer irreparably damaged my case.If I had a complaint, it would be that Mr. Tarver takes his time(snails pace) and waits out some situations to his benefit. Sometimes as a defendant that can be nerve racking, but IT WORKS!! So im not gonna complain. I will say this, after dealing with a couple of lawyers in my lifetime for different reasons, he's the only one I can say, I TRUST. I hooe this helps someone.
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Posted by John | March 14, 2022
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Ineffective assistance of counsel
Mr. Tarver represented in Somers Point Municipal Court back in 2018 involving my massage license. I had all the proof that the health Professor from Stockton was lying she couldn't answer questions on her own on the stand and had to be guided by the prosecutor and mr. Tarver . At one point in time the lady said I don't know it was so long ago and judge freed put his hand over the microphone leaned over to the court clerk and told her not to put that down and put down sure. Mr. Tarver colluded with a prosecutor and didn't call the owner who was listed as a witness where's the manager Samantha Penna who come in all the sudden recall. Mr. Tarver also refuse to call the health professor and her boyfriend out for using their cell phones during the massage which they had every right to do. If the boyfriend did it sit down in the courtroom and introduced himself I would have never known who was tell him the professor what to say during the massages. I would have won my case if it's Tarver did what I told him to do and play the police videos which he refused
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Work Experience

  • Chief Legal Officer and Managing Attorney
  • Law Offices of Robert L. Tarver, Jr.
  • 2002 - Present
  • City Solicitor
  • City of Atlantic City
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Director of Program Operations
  • Ocean Monmouth Legal Services
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Chief Public Defender of Ocean County
  • NJ State Office of Public Defender
  • 1997 - 2000
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  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Rutgers University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Mangione
  • All charges dismissed
  • State v. Abdullah
  • Case Dismissed
  • State v. J.J.
  • Clients Conviction Vacated


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Nations Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distiguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2006
  • Key To The City of Columbia South Carolina
  • City of Columbia South Carolina
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • United States District Court for the District of Maine
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 2000

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Toms River Criminal defense Lawyer Robert L. Tarver Jr.
Robert L. Tarver Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Toms River, NJ
Licensed for 36 years