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Bergen County Criminal Defense Attorney

Whether you face criminal charges of a misdemeanor, felony, or even a federal criminal offense in New Jersey, you can rely on the Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC to protect your freedom. Our firm is backed by 30 years of experience. As a former prosecutor, Joseph R. Donahue knows how the government builds a case against defendants. 

As a Criminal Trial Specialist Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, our attorney knows how to successfully defend our clients in the courtroom. We can launch the proactive, expert defense you deserve. No criminal charge is too difficult for our experienced legal team. We have garnered perfect 10.0 Superb Ratings from Avvo, and our accolades include the AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for ethics and skill, as well as selection for inclusion on the list of Super Lawyers®. We have also been named on the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 NJ Lawyers list. When you need to know that you have an exceptional defender at your side, you can count on our criminal defense attorney in NJ. See how we can help you battle for your rights, your liberty, and your future. Get in touch with a Bergen County criminal defense attorney from Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC today.

Call (201) 574-7919 or contact us online today to request your FREE consultation with a Bergen County criminal lawyer.

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About Your Bergen County Defense Attorney

Joseph R. Donahue was an Assistant Prosecutor in the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, where he served as the Chief of the Criminal Investigations Squad and also served as Assistant Chief of the Trial Section. While some prosecutors turned defenders are only familiar with one stage of the prosecution process, he rose in the ranks to supervisory positions as a prosecutor. We know the sophisticated inner workings of all phases of criminal prosecutions, from overseeing investigations, directing charging decisions, presenting cases to the grand jury for indictment, the plea process, the trial process, and finally, the sentencing process. Now, he is a Specialist in Criminal Law and is Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Criminal Trial Attorney. This means that he has passed the rigorous requirements for becoming an expert in the criminal justice system of New Jersey. This is an honor that few attorneys in the state are able to boast of. We have handled criminal trials as both prosecutors and defense counsel in the Federal, State, and Municipal Courts of New Jersey. Our Bergen County criminal defense lawyer understands how trials are won and lost, and we are ready to put our decades of experience and expertise to work for you. Speak with us today to learn how we can protect your freedom in the face of serious criminal charges.

Our Settlements & Verdicts

Recent Case Victories

Our top priority is to devise customized legal strategies that are tailored to the unique legal needs of our clients, no matter how simple or complicated their situations, might be.

  • Dismissal of Charges for Babysitter Accused of Sexual Assault of Two Children

    Client accused of sexually assaulting two children. Compiled exculpatory information through the use of a private investigator which showed inconsistencies in both the victims’ account of the alleged incidents as well as the victims’ mother’s account of the alleged incidents. This exculpatory information led to a no bill by the Grand Jury.

  • Complete Acquittal for Physician Accused of Sexual Misconduct
    Not guilty verdict in Bergen County Superior Court jury trial obtained on behalf of a physician charged with sexual assault of a minor. Successfully challenged the credibility of the alleged victim and used video of client's statement to police to demonstrate lack of any criminal intent on his part.
  • Complete Acquittal for Client Charged as a Third Time DWI Offender
    Complete acquittal in Municipal Court bench trial obtained on behalf of a client charged with his third DWI. Successfully challenged the field sobriety tests and the Alcotest results by utilizing expert testimony and by challenging flawed police procedure. Client avoided the mandatory 180 day jail sentence and the mandatory 10 year loss of license required under New Jersey law.
  • Complete Acquittal for Bar Patron Accused of Aggravated Assault

    Acquittal in Passaic County Superior Court jury trial obtained on behalf of a patron of a bar charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Successfully challenged identification of bar bouncer and the findings of the treating neurosurgeon.

  • Complete Acquittal at Jury Trial of Client Accused of Possession of over 1,000 Kilograms of Cocaine and Marijuana
    One of the largest drug seizures by the New Jersey State Police. Successfully challenged testimony of New Jersey State Troopers attempting to convict client of charges that would result in 10 to 20 years in jail.
  • Charges Dropped for Battered Woman Accused of Numerous Counts of Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
    Secured dismissal for client accused of multiple acts of aggravated assault, assault and terroristic threats upon her ex-husband. Was able to compile information both in the form of documentary and testimonial evidence which established client as a battered woman.

Our Trial-Tested Approach 

We always strive to put our clients in the best position possible, so our immediate goal is to obtain a case dismissal or acquittal. If this cannot be done, we seek to minimize the consequences by all legal means possible, perhaps by pursuing a plea agreement, which could include alternate sentencing that improves the impact on our client’s record.

Our Bergen County criminal defense attorney is a resolute advocate who never hesitates to take a case to trial if our firm feels it is in the best interests of our client. No matter how complex your charges may be, we have the proven expertise and passion to help you achieve a positive outcome. Discover how we can help you today.

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